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Côte-Rôtie La Mouline

La Mouline is historically the oldest vineyard in Cote-Rotie, with walls dating back 2,400 years, and today its vines are also the oldest in the region, averaging 90 years of age, with the oldest dating back to plantings in the 1890s, from the first plantings after phylloxera. Acquired in 1966, this was Guigal’s first single-vineyard Côte-Rôtie.  It is also the "LaLa" positioned on the lighter soils of the Cote Blonde and with the highest percentage of Viognier, characteristics that give La Mouline its telltale aromatic complexity and additional softness and roundness; it is often called the most feminine of Guigal’s Côte-Rôties.
The steeply terraced amphitheater of La Mouline is not only visually impressive, but lends a variety of expositions and, importantly, both shelters the 2.5 acre site from the wind and acts as a heat trap.  The gneiss bedrock has soils of lightly colored silicone containing limestone loess.  The site is planted to 89% Syrah and 11% Viognier, with the two varieties picked together and co-fermented.
The wine sees traditional pumpovers, 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 Mouline.
Côte-Rôtie La Mouline bottle