"With only about 100 cases produced each year, finding a bottle of the 2015 Cote Rotie la Landonne will prove much harder than drinking it. It's indeed a terrific wine but a bit closed and cedary at this particular moment, the 40% new oak standing out on the nose. But this cuvée has a long track record of excellence, so expect it to blossom with time in the cellar. It's concentrated and powerful but amazingly light on its feet, with firm, ample tannins that manage to convey a sense of ripeness as well. Tar, black olive, cassis and espresso elements all speak to the grape (100% Syrah) and the single lieu-dit origin.
The duo of Jacques Grange and Claire Darnaud continues to turn out fine examples of Northern Rhône wines from the company's vineyards in Hermitage, Saint Joseph, Côte Rôtie and Condrieu. In all of these, the top cuvées are from single parcels and sourced entirely from the firm's own vineyards. The star holding is 14 acres in Hermitage's Les Bessards, but don't overlook the other wines coming from this consistently outstanding producer." Robert Parker 97 Points
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