Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2015

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91pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate
We can't get enough of this classic French red. This delicious Guigal Côtes-du-Rhône is the perfect choice for any table. Think roast chicken with a mushroom/onion gravy, grilled rib-eyes with potatoes Dauphinoise, or potato-crusted rib lamb chops and roasted, balsamic brussels sprouts. Stock up winelovers!!

Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "As usual, the 2015 Cotes du Rhone features a majority of Syrah, largely sourced from the western side of the Rhône. Spicy, peppery, hickory aromas lead off, adding berries up front and then moving into darker fruit and more savory notes of black olive by the finish. This medium to full-bodied wine finishes long and silky, avoiding any of the vintage's hard tannins, while still boasting the concentration to drink well through at least 2023.

As my visit to Guigal came smack in the middle of harvest, I was only able to do an abbreviated tasting of about 30 wines. Tasting with the father-and-son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal and joined by recent addition Jacques Desvernois (formerly at Jaboulet), we worked our way through all of the current releases in between sporadic loads of Côte Rôtie grapes arriving at the reception. On one occasion, while Philippe was dealing with a delivery, Marcel grabbed a pipette and we went to take an "unofficial" look at the 2015 La Las. As we only tasted from one barrel of each, I'm not updating my formal reviews from last year but will simply say that each of the barrels we tasted from were potentially perfect. When someone of Marcel's experience says 2015 is the best vintage he's ever seen in the Northern Rhône, would you expect anything different? Guigal's policy of giving their red wines extended élevage means they're often not yet on the market when new-vintage hype strikes. On the other hand, now that many 2015s from the Northern Rhône have already sold through, Guigal is a last chance for consumers to grab hold of some great examples at reasonable prices from Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph, and the Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde. Even the 2015 Côtes du Rhône release is a beauty. As Marcel pointed out, "For us, it's a grand vin, not a simple, fruity wine." Oct 2018

Winery: "Eye: 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. Overall: Full with a long finish and plenty of elegance and finesse due to the well balanced tannins and fruit. Pair with cold meats, meat, game birds and cheeses."

Bottle: 750ml, cork  
Varietal: 50 % Syrah, 40 % Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre
Aging: 18 months in oak foudres
Alcohol: 14.0%
Region: Cotes-du-Rhone, France

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