I tasted the 2005 Cote Rotie La Landonne earlier in the year, and it showed almost identically this go around. Still tight, structured and backwards, with the tannic bite that’s common in the vintage, it gives up lots of charcoal, graphite and meaty dark fruits as well as full-bodied richness, a big mid-palate and building tannin on the finish. It needs another 3-4 years of cellaring and will be very long lived. Mar 2016, www.robertparker.com
Jeb DunnuckScore: 95/100
Another wine made in a similar style to the 2005 Hermitage Les Bessards is the 3,000 bottle cuvee of 2005 Cote Rotie La Landonne. Inky/purple to the rim with notes of blueberries, blackberries, toasty oak, graphite, and charcoal, it possesses fabulous fruit, an intense, full-bodied mouthfeel, high tannins, and a huge finish. Give it 7-10 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 30-40. As I have written many times in the past, this famous estate, which muddled along in the seventies, eighties, and early nineties, was reborn when its owners, the Deutz-Roederer Champagne enterprise, brought in the super-talented Jacques Granges, and gave him carte blanche to redo the cellars and elevate the level of quality. Since his first vintage, 1997, Delas has become one of the superb purveyors of high quality Rhone wine. I have enormous admiration for what Granges has accomplished. His most recent vintages, 2005 and 2006, have been brilliant and he continues to do a superb job with the white wines Readers should also know that Delas recently purchased 37 acres of vines in Crozes-Hermitage, so they will be augmenting their production from that appellation. The bottled 2005 reds include some interesting efforts from some of the better villages in the south. The Chateauneuf du Papes and Cotes du Rhones were reviewed in issue #173 (October, 2007). Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 175.
Robert ParkerScore: 94/100