Iconic Cote Rotie to Enjoy this Autumn

Vivian Liang | October 29, 2020

Guigal’s “La La’s”

Guigal's famous “La La’s” have an irresistible allure when the weather starts to cool in our sub-tropical city. This wonderful trio of wines, La Landonne, La Turque and La Mouline, are single-vineyard sites in Côte Rôtie, the hillside appellation rising above the northern part of the Rhône River, where Syrah grape is King.  These wines are some of the most distinctive in the world – opulent, deep, complexly perfumed and of great ageing potential. 

La Landonne is the big brother and the most powerful in the trio. It is made from 100% Syrah without the addition of the white Viognier grape, a common blending partner in Côte Rôtie. This wine shows enormous depth, intensity and structure, which guarantee a lifetime of enjoyment. La Turque is approximately 93% Syrah and 7% Viognier. Its style straddles those of La Landonne and La Mouline, often regarded as a mix of power and elegance. The last in the trio is La Mouline, commonly regarded as the most refined and easiest to enjoy in its youth. It has a greater proportion of Viognier, around 11% with 89% Syrah, in the blend, which gives the wine an exotic aromatic edge. La Mouline was my first experience tasting the La La wines and it has a special place in my heart. I still vividly recall the seductive flavors of La Mouline 1985 - a mix of red and black fruits, violet, sweet spices…intense and voluptuous along with its silky texture. Perhaps the most ethereal wine one could ever drink in my lifetime.

 All three see 42 months ageing in 100% new oak and production is limited. I am very pleased to offer all three vineyards in multiple vintages. For me, it is a thrill to drink all three side by side. Please see our selection below.