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Professional Ratings: 100 The Wine Advocate, 98 Wine Spectator
Region: Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
Other Info: Boutique Wines, Collectible Wines
Style: Earthy & Spicy
Item no. 124166
Ruby red with bright red highlights. On the nose, small red fruits, blackberry and floral aromas of violets, powerful but fine aromatic intensity. The wine has a soft mouthfeel nd beautiful harmony between the fine flavors and explosive richness due to the concentration. A voluptuous feminine wine with a velvety or silky texture and intense aromatics.
The 2009 Cote Rotie La Mouline possesses off-the-charts richness. Like all the vintages, it comes from the Cote Blonde and is co-fermented with 11% Viognier. Its 13.5% alcohol is one of the highest in all the La Moulines made to date, which shows you that these wines are never that powerful. Extraordinary layers of concentration offer up notes of roasted coffee, sweet black cherries, black raspberries, blackberries, licorice and hints of spring flowers as well as lychee nuts (no doubt attributable to the floral/honeysuckle character of Viognier). With its full-bodied, extravagant richness, the 2009 La Mouline should be relatively approachable in 1-2 years, and last for two decades or more.
Dense and grippy now, with roasted alder, bittersweet ganache and freshly roasted espresso notes leading the way, though there's a very dense core of crushed plum, black currant and blackberry fruit in reserve. A gorgeous charcoal stitching takes over on the finish. Offers loads of muscle, but also terrific cut and drive through the finish. Best from 2015 through 2040. 416 cases made.