Better Call Saul has compelled audiences to contemplate many things over the years.
It deals with imperative themes from morality to corruption, serving as the perfect spin-off and prequel to the legendary Breaking Bad.
Over the course of the series, fans have been invited to delve deeper into the past of Gustavo Fring, head of Los Pollos Hermanos and secret drug kingpin. He is perfectly portrayed by Giancarlo Esposito and season 6 episode 9 – entitled Fun and Games – provides a scene that arguably sheds more insight on him than any previous.
Of course, we’re talking about the scene at the restaurant. However, the focus on the drink Gus savours has encouraged some to ask whether the Côte-Rôtie wine in Better Call Saul is real.
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still from Better Call Saul season 6 episode 9, Netflix
Is the Côte-Rôtie wine in Better Call Saul real?
Yes, the wine Gus drinks is real. It’s a bottle of Rostaing Côte-Rôtie “La Landonne”. A 1978, to be specific.
Gus arrives alone at a restaurant bar and the bartender gives him a glass of wine. However, his solitary evening is interrupted by David (played by Reed Diamond), a wine connoisseur whose presence clearly cheers Gus up a great deal.
“Mr Fring, it’s so good to see you,” he says. “It’s been a while,” showing us they have a pre-existing relationship.
“Yes, too long,” Gus replies. David then presents a bottle of wine and begins to tell us the story of its opening that very night.
“He clearly wants to impress his date,” he says, motioning to the bottle. “So he orders this, takes one sip, then sends it back for a rum and coke. Diet coke…. but, his loss is definitely your gain.” Gus is given a glass and performs his tasting ritual before declaring its “remarkable” taste.
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My taste is second to none. In wine. Also in lovers.#BetterCallSaul— Satisfied Gus Fring (@satisfiedgus) July 19, 2022
Where to buy Rostaing Côte-Rôtie ‘La Landonne’
Obviously you’re not going to be digging into an incredibly rare 1978 bottle.
However, 2017 bottles of Rostaing Côte-Rôtie “La Landonne” are available to purchase from £136.25 per bottle on the Berry Bros & Rudd website.
The website offers a description, although it may not sell you on the wine as well as David’s pitch to Gus:
“This famous vineyard is currently shared by five vignerons. Rostaing uses only whole-bunch on the fruit from their plot. Inky black in appearance, the nose reveals youthful bramble fruit with heady violets creeping through. The palate is textured and muscular, the dark blackberry fruit combined with a hint of pepper and iron.”
Not only that but “the finish is very long and the tannins fine, adding to the wine’s finesse”. BBR advises to drink between 2022 and 2042.
Bottles are also available on Wine-Searcher from $91.37 (£112).
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‘Needing a spin-off’
Needless to say, the wine scene has gone down rather well with audiences for a wealth of reasons, earning a range of reactions on Twitter.
Check out a selection of tweets:
Didn’t realize I needed a 5 minute scene with Gustavo Fring discussing wine and yet here I am. Needing a spin-off. #BetterCallSaul— Aaron (@roneman90) July 19, 2022
#BetterCallSaul the Gus wine scene is great. It shows:the origin of his idea to poison the cartel with alcoholhis struggle to settle back into normal life after the Lalo threat has ceasedhis sexuality once and for all, and his inability to move on from Max pic.twitter.com/NvtPOoxyxi— j (@rainsofbackup) July 19, 2022
My brain trying to decode what the wine scene means #BetterCallSaul pic.twitter.com/MWpw9A8CEl— WTFUSA (@dudeonthebay) July 19, 2022
The scene with Gus Fring at the wine bar was working the conflict within the character that he could have chosen love, but instead he chose hatred and in doing so he sowed the seeds of his own destruction. #BetterCallSaul— Battle Quest Comics (@BQComics) July 20, 2022
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