For me, it's hard to divorce a wine's price when I attempt to rate it. In my opinion, the price of the wine can serve as context in which to approach the wine from a critical perspective. With regard to this wine, which I very much enjoyed, the relatively low price (I paid around $13) ultimately increases its rating. If this wine cost $50 I might be disappointed, but at anything less than $20, I wish I'd bought a case. I concur with the tasting notes of the previous reviewers concerning the specific characteristics of the wine. Nice fruit, chewy, ripe, with a really interesting tar aroma.
France in a bottle. An inexpensive bottle at that. Cherries and powder on the nose. Bright delicate acidic cherries, tar, and and leather with a lean but tart body concluding with a slight breadiness. Can't go wrong.
Bought this bottle after a tasting of red and white half bottles. On the nose I was hit with strong berry/cherry notes, and a hint of light vanilla and oddly enough, tar. In the mouth it tasted bright and young, which makes sense as I was told it would age well over the next 3-4 years. Overall a very drinkable wine on its own, and the half-bottle size is perfect for an evening in alone!
I love this wine. Great price range. I'm very particular in that I only drink reds, much prefer French to California (which in my humble opinion are typically much drier than I care for). It's full, hearty, fruity..jammy even and has a very soft yet lingering finish - critical for me. I'm currently hunting down a case to enjoy over the next few years. I have enjoyed several bottles of the 2005 over this past year as I have introduced friends to the world of reds. I think it's a nice easy start for inexperienced or apphrensive beginners. 2003 and 2004 appear to have been good vintages as well... I'm looking forward to trying them next.
Red berries, earth, vanilla, pencil shavings, barnyard and tar on the nose. Palate is juicy, fresh and young with juicy red berries and pepper, full bodied and hearty, with firm, long lasting tannins. Great buy for the price.
Maybe I just got a bad bottle, but I didn't like it at all. It tasted cheap and kind of 'flat'.
A go-to Côtes du Rhône for me. Very rich and smooth.
External Reviews for E. Guigal Red Rhone Blend Gigondas
The palate initially promises more generosity, and in a sense delivers this, but fundamentally remains quite tight. Wisps of sweet black fruit escape the wine's predominantly savoury flavour profile before being dragged back into a melee of tar, pepper and puckeringly dry tannin. Before the tannin takes over, though, a silky smooth mouthfeel briefly registers and promises fine textural development. Flavour is reassuringly intense, and the structure seems especially well sorted, with good continuity throughout the wine's line, and a lengthy, dry finish.
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The palate initially promises more generosity, and in a sense delivers this, but fundamentally remains quite tight. Wisps of sweet black fruit escape the wine's predominantly savoury flavour profile b
Wine Advocate ReviewRated 89A blend of 50% Syrah and 50% Grenache, the 2005 Cotes du Rhone is a real head turner. Full-bodied, with a deep ruby/purple color and sweet notes of berry fruit, a hint of road tar, and some pepper, the wine is dense, chewy, ripe, and a surprisingly big mouthful of juicy, velvety-textured wine to drink over the next 3-4 years.
Kräftige rote Farbe, glanzklar. Nase von schwarzen Beeren mit würzigen Noten. Vollmundiger, rassiger Wein mit runden, eingebundenen Taninen. Ein Wein mit Fülle und intensiven Aromen.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jan/Feb 08 ($15) Deep ruby. Dark cherry and licorice on the nose, with pungent herbs and minerals adding complexity. Sweeter raspberry and strawberry flavors are complemented by succulent herbs and braced ... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2005 Guigal Cotes du Rhone 750ml