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E. Guigalchâteauneuf-du-Pape 2003
The component parts of the 2003 Hermitage all merited between 91 and 94 points. Primarily from Le Meal, Les Bessards, and Murets, with a small amount from Dionnieres, this inky/purple-colored 2003 represents a liqueur of black currants intermixed with notions of smoke, licorice, pepper, and spice. This viscous-textured red exhibits superb purity and enormous body. Winemaking Temperature controlled alcoholic fermentation. 3 weeks maceration in vats Maturation 24 months in oak barrels.
Thick, dark deep red fruit sensations with a nice spicy finish. Tasted at the New York Wine Experience
Aroma of some tar and and dar fruit. This wine starts with a spash of rasperry which intesifies upon the finish Excellent balance of sweetnes, acidity, and very subtle tanins.
An interesting French wine... a serious wine with ageing potential... well balanced but still not fully open... 95/100
Very nice texture of Viognier blended with black fruits, meaty quality of Syrah. I tried an Australian version of Cote Rotie; no competition there. Great balance of acidity, tannins and flavors. Drinks very well now, but I believe an extra time could add this one more special notes,,
Nice wine. The blend of Vionger & Syrah makes for a well balanced wine. The nose is perfumed from the Vionger with a flora component and candy. The fruit is on point. Cherries and dark fruit are clear and clean. The texture is nice and velvety. Great full body. Requires some decanting.
Excellent wine, worth the price!
External Reviews for E. Guigalchâteauneuf-du-Pape
Full-bodied and balanced, focusing on mineral, plum, blackberry, game and leather. The complexity grows as all these flavors cascade to a long, elegant finish. Drink now through 2010.
One of the finest cuvandeacute;es of regular Hermitage Guigal has ever produced is the 2003 Hermitage. Copiously fruity with a blackberry/cassis liqueur note, huge, flowery, almost chocolatey richness with superb freshness, purity, and a stunning thickness and opulence, this is spectacular Hermitag that should drink well for 30+ years.
The 2003 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde is probably the finest cuvandeacute;e of regular Cote Rotie that Guigal has produced since 1999 or 1991. Stunningly rich, it offers a beautiful, sweet nose of cassis, mocha, espresso, bacon fat, black olives, and underbrush. Some smoked meat notes also make an appearance in this rich, lush, opulent wine. This is a beauty.
Deep red-ruby. Roasted raspberry and pepper on the nose; fruitier that the Hermitage. Elegantly styled and fruity, with sweet flavors of red currant, raspberry, bacon fat, leather and woodsmoke. Showing nicely today, but this also has the backbone to develop over the next decade or so. Finishes long and juicy, with tannins perfectly supported by the winersquo;s mid-palate material.
Ripe and concentrated, this shows plum, currant and cherry fruit intertwined with spice, espresso and black licorice notes. Has a tarry, slightly raisined edge to the finish, but the structure and heady fruit take an encore, boding well for cellaring, though you may always wrestle with the tannins. Best from 2008 through 2017.
Guigal is best know for its legendary Cote-Rotie and Hermitage, but the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape fully deserves a place alongside its more renowned siblings, with elegant refinement and subtle, soil-driven intensity. Its dark, pungent flavors of black cherry and spiced plum are richly prominent, constantly referring back to a deeply gripping minerality that tethers the complex aromas of fruit, spice, fresh meat and black tea. It feels like a sphere, seemless and harmonious, staining the palate with its long, fragrant length.
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