PRODUCER: E. Guigal – www.Guigal.com
WINE: Cotes-du-Rhone red
PRICE: $19.95 per bottle
REGION: Southern Rhone – France
GRPAES: 60% Syrah, 35% Grenache + 5% Mourvedre
CLOSURE: Natural cork
BOTTLE SIZE: 750mL
CASE PACK: 12 x 750mL
IDEAL TEMPERATURE: 16°C to 18°C
CELLARING: Drink now and over the next 6 to 8 years
WITH FOOD: Casual fare like pizza, pasta, grilled meats + BBQ
PERFECT RECIPE: Rosemary + Thyme Crusted Rack of Lamb – RECIPE
GUIGAL COTES-DU-RHONE TASTING TAGS:
“The 2013 Côtes du Rhône, which is scheduled to be bottled in November, is a bigger, richer wine than I remember and has tons of ripe Syrah characteristics. Black olives, smoked earth, pepper and plenty of dark fruit all emerge from this inky-colored, straight-up impressive Côtes du Rhône.
As always, my visit with Marcel and Philippe Guigal is one of the highlights of my entire time spent working in the northern Rhône. As I think the list of wines demonstrate, this is a huge lineup, yet the theme across the entire range is incredible quality. Looking at the top Côte Rôties, the current releases in bottle are the 2012s and these are rich, supple, sexy, even flamboyant wines that will be relatively approachable in their youth, yet have broad drink windows. The 2013s are much more backward and restrained, and built for the long haul, but the long élevage favored at this estate is certainly helping to soften the tannin and give the wines a suppler texture.
Lastly, it’s also worth pointing out that the estate has started utilizing a new cork technique that guarantees no TCA. This doesn’t come cheap and is close to two Euros per cork, but it’s just another example of the attention to detail and the level of effort that this estate puts forth to ensure the quality in the bottle. Hats off to them.” (Jeb Dunnuck / eRobertParker.com)