Guigal C-D-R Red 750m 2006
Wine Advocate Review Rated 88 The 2006 Cotes du Rhone exhibits a dark ruby hue that is slightly less saturated than the 2007. It possesses more pepper, garrigue, earth, and tar characteristics in addition to plenty of red and black fruit notes. Medium-bodied and juicy, it is best consumed over the next 2-3 years.
Cranberry and raisins on the nose. An acidic mineral core which leads to spicy raspberry and plum notes. Baking spice and cedar on the finish.
Very faint nose. Acidic, very difficult to discern any dominant aroma or flavor. I can smell the glass better than the wine almost.
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I'll admit upfront that I have a soft spot for this wine - the 1985 version was the fist wine I purchased by the case (I think the whole case set me back about $60). The wine remains a bargain, even though the price tag has roughly doubled. The aromas this year are pretty restrained, but the wine explodes on the palate, giving up impressive flavors of plum, blackberry, earth and pepper, along with hints of anise and tar. The long finish confirms the quality.
The 2000 Côtes du Rhône includes a whopping amount of Syrah (50%), along with 40% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre. One of the best values in the marketplace, it exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as sweet aromas of berry fruit, cassis, earth, licorice, and asphalt. Medium-bodied, with density/intensity and sweet tannin, it is the finest Côtes du Rhône Guigal has fashioned since 1998. Surprisingly, these offerings can last 4-5 years, sometimes even longer.
A good imitation of a Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with plenty of fruit, chocolate and cedar flavors and a little pepper seasoning. Well rounded and smooth. Fine to drink now until 1996.
With respect to the red wines, the 2003 Côtes du Rhône (60% Syrah, 30% Grenache, and the rest Mourvèdre and other grapes) represents a home run for Marcel Guigal and his talented son, Philippe. A deep ruby color is followed by a spicy, earthy bouquet revealing scents of crème de cassis, wild herbs, kirsch, and blackberries. Dense, medium-bodied, and lightly tannic, it is a surprisingly big, substantial Côtes du Rhône in keeping with the finest efforts of the vintage. As I wrote last year, Marcel Guigal, who is not given to over-statements or hyperbole, thinks 2003 is the greatest vintage for the Northern Rhone in his lifetime.
Guigal's skills in selecting and blending large quantities of Côtes-du-Rhône remain unparalleled. The 2006 is full bodied, round in the mouth, full of typical black cherry and plum fruit, and hinting at anise and leather. It should drink well for up to five years.
A blend of 60% Syrah, 35% Grenache, and 5% Mourvèdre gives a jammy, structured wine with dusty, perfumed, warm tannins and welcoming ripe fruits. Like all negociant Côtes du Rhônes, this is ready to drink now, but could age over the next five years.
This has nice weight, with fleshy dark plum, raspberry and licorice notes. Shows some toasty grip on the finish, but stays juicy enough. Better than previously reviewed. Drink now.
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