Very brief notes on multiple NR’s.
Chapoutier L’Ermite v Le Pavillon 1997 - the L’Ermite clear winner, the Pavillon slightly medicinal. Both a little disappointing when compared to D’Ampuis 99 and Rostaing Cote Blonde 98.
This was close contest, the Guigal more powerful and fruity, more Robert Parker. However the Rostaing more interesting and better match with food.
The Guigal La Turque 97 was the big surprise. Maybe I had very low expectations but it rocked. Not a powerhouse but a lovely example of Cote Rotie at its elegant floral best.
La Turque 2003 dramatically different. Absolute powerhouse and some will consider sensational. However, although clear Cote Rote origins, little of the delicacy and subtlety I love about Cote Rotie. I preferred the 1997, the 2003 too ‘sickly’
Guigal Ex Voto 2005 - needs loads of aeration. At least 5 hours to begin to shed the tannins. Lacks the complexity of a La La but I’m realising I’m now a paid up Cote Rotie supporter. Lovely wine nevertheless.
Had two Mouline 91’s. One was excellent but the other was to die for. From the first nose is was absolutely sensational. Had it in a hotel where they had decanted three hours. It was so fantastic I had to give the Somns a (small!) glass, really great wine needs to be shared with other buffs. Very uplifting to occasionally taste a wine that blows your socks off.