2013 Côte-Rôtie, La Landonne, Domaine Jean-Michel Gerin

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Half a hectare of schist and ‘oxide de fer’ and one of the wine world’s less appealing labels to boot all fades to irrelevance next to the sheer majesty of this wine; the finesse of which astonishes all the more when one recalls that it will have spent 20 months in new barriques before bottling. The quality of the tannins recalls first growth Claret, or, a little closer to home, the great wines that Marcel and Pierre Guigal also make in this extraordinary terroir. Simon Field MW - Rhône Buyer