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Côte-Rôtie La Landonne

La Landonne is one of the steepest vineyards of the Côte Brune, a 45 degree slope that remarkably requires harvesters to start picking from the bottom of the vineyard and work their way up, placing grape bunches in bins that are set on sleds and dragged up the hill.  Along with its position at the northern end of the Côte Brune and the fact it is the last vineyard to ripen, La Landonne is the mirror of the feminine and voluptuous La Mouline: it is a wine of driving power, defined by its dark fruit and structure.  The first vintage Guigal produced was in 1978, after being planted in 1975 at the time of Philippe Guigal’s birth. 
A 5.7 acre site planted entirely with Syrah, Guigal acquired the vineyard from numerous small owners, building their holding parcel by parcel over a decade.  The limestone clay topsoils are very rich in iron oxide, lending additional polyphenols.  
La Landonne is the one Guigal Cote-Rotie that is never destemmed to any degree.  The wine is continuously pumped over, and alcoholic fermentation and maceration last around 4 weeks.  Aging is for 40 months in new oak barrels made at the Chateau d’Ampuis cooperage.
Click here to watch a video of Philippe Guigal discussing La Landonne.
   
Côte-Rôtie La Landonne bottle