The opaque black/purple-colored 1998 Cote Rotie La Landonne (500 cases produced) offers vanillin, espresso bean, licorice, blackberry, and cassis scents and flavors with scorched earth and olive notes in the background. Extremely full-bodied, tannic, and monstrous on the palate, it possesses huge ripeness and extraction, as well as mouth-searing levels of tannin. This wine will need 8-10 years of bottle age. it should drink well for 3-4 decades. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 133.
Score: 95 / 100Robert Parker
From a vintage that's starting to open up across all of the Northern Rhone appellations, the 1998 Cote Rotie la Landonne is upfront and ready to go, with terrific smoky dark fruits, Asian spices, dried pepper, olive and dried flower-like notes all soaring from the glass. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, elegant and layered, yet with terrific mid-palate depth, this beauty can be enjoyed anytime over the coming 15+ years. Sep 2015, www.robertparker.com
Score: 95 / 100Jeb Dunnuck