The 2019 Côte Rôtie La Mouline is a bigger, richer Côte Rôtie. Co-fermented with a solid chuck of Viognier and around 85% destemmed (the same as the La Turque), this full-bodied effort has a kaleidoscope-like bouquet of bloody black and blue fruits, tapenade, salted meat, woodsmoke, and a touch of violets. This cuvée is always an exotic wine, and the 2019 is no exception, offering full-bodied richness, a layered, multi-dimensional mouthfeel, plenty of structure, and a great finish.
While just as aromatic and charming on the nose—where ephemeral floral notes join ripe cherries—as previous years, the 2019 Cote Rotie La Mouline isn't quite as impressive on the palate. It's medium to full-bodied, silky and caressing, without the same power, yet it's supremely elegant.
A more finesse-driven, elegant example of this cuvée, the 2019 Côte Rôtie La Mouline includes a solid amount of Viognier and will see a total of four years in new French oak. Classic La Mouline notes of black raspberries, spring flowers, incense, and pepper give way to a medium to full-bodied, silky, incredibly elegant wine that will shine with only short-term cellaring.