In an annual recap, Wine Spectator highlighted the year’s best pop culture wine moments in “Best of Unfiltered 2018.” Basketball great Lebron James took the #3 spot when he shared his epic wine pairings at dinner on social media. Guigal’s La Landonne 2000 was one of the prestige wines selected for the evening. Philippe Guigal commented on his selection by offering, “A taste of La Landonne 2000 these days is a good move, because this wine is coming to a great maturity,” and added, “We feel honored about his choice … Good move and a long life to ‘King James,’ considering that La Landonne might be a ‘buzzer-beater.'”
See below for the full list of his wines from dinner below and read the rest of the “Best of” moments here
- Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée da Capo 2003
- E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne 2000
- Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1990
- Screaming Eagle Second Flight (the winery’s secondary bottling that primarily features Merlot), unknown vintage
- Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Special Selection 2013
- Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée da Capo 2000
One of the three “LaLa” wines that Guigal produces and are the most collectible wines of the Rhone Valley, La Landonne is a remarkable expression of terroir. And for good reason, La Landonne is situated on one of the steepest vineyards of the Côte Brune, a 45 degree slope that remarkably requires harvesters to start picking from the bottom of the vineyard and work their way up, placing grape bunches in bins that are set on sleds and dragged up the hill. Along with its position at the northern end of the Côte Brune and the fact it is the last vineyard to ripen, La Landonne is the mirror of the feminine and voluptuous La Mouline: it is a wine of driving power, defined by its dark fruit and structure. The first vintage Guigal produced was in 1978, after being planted in 1975 at the time of Philippe Guigal’s birth.
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The more you learn about the Guigal family, the more astounding becomes their story. Their wines are the benchmarks for every Rhone appellation, and over the last thirty years they have become arguably the most lauded producer in the world. Year after year the Guigal family produces wines of exceptional quality that in all classes offer exceptional value.