Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge
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- There’s only one Guigal and there’s only one true taste of the Cotes Du Rhone showing that the French really do know how to coax the best out of Shiraz. If you are confused by the labelling on French bottles all we need to tell you is that Guigal is a code word for quality and this wine will deliver complexity and character in spades. It kicks off with vivid berries and spice with a round and smooth palate of berry fruit and soft tannins. Nicely balanced and fresh with lots of appeal it’s a wine that will make plenty of new friends. 100
Appearance: Deep and dark red. Shiny.
Nose: Fresh fruits with red berries and spices.
Palate: Full, round and racy. Rounded and smooth tannins. A full-bodied, rich and intensely aromatic wine. Full with a long finish and plenty of elegance and finesse due to the well balanced tannins and fruit.
Food: Cold meats, game, mature cheeses.
Cellaring: Up to 8 years.
Grape Variety: 60% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre.
Wine Advocate (2010 Vintage) says:“
As for the red wines, first and foremost is Guigal's Cotes du Rhone. I re-tasted the 2010 Cotes du Rhone, which is still in foudre. This cuvee is typically a blend of 50% Syrah and the rest Grenache and perhaps some Mourvedre. Guigal is known throughout the Rhone Valley for paying the highest price for generic Cotes du Rhone, and that in large part explains the quality of this wine year in and year out. It enjoys an extended upbringing in foudre and stainless steel tanks and is always a dense ruby/purple-colored wine with lots of blue and black fruits intermixed with notions of kirsch, licorice, lavender and spice. Supple and surprisingly intense, this delicious effort can age for 4-5 years.
Best Drinking: 2016-2017Wine Advocate 204 -Dec 2012
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says:“
It's staggering that this wine is assembled from hundreds of growers and bottled in multiple lots, yet it is delivered with blindingly consistent character. Ripe dark berry fruits, red fruits, cherries and earthy nuances. The palate delivers grainy tannins amid ripe dark plum flavour. Sensational value and undeniable drinkability combined.The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 200992