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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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.
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.
A strong effort, the deeply-hued, seductive 2004 Cotes du Rhone (primarily Syrah with some Grenache included in the blend) displays loads of berry fruit, not a great deal of complexity, but beautiful texture, softness, and silkiness. Guigal's master blends are always consistent and uniform despite different bottling dates. Most of these wines drink well for 3-4 years.
The 1994 Côtes du Rhône, which includes a high percentage of Syrah in the blend, is a delicious example. It possesses tons of black fruits, a touch of chocolate and garrigue, medium to full body, a supple, round, generous personality, and a silky texture. The deep ruby/purple color and a spicy character add to the overall appeal of this wine, which remains one of the best buys in the marketplace.
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.
Made from a blend of 55% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 5% Mourvedre, the delicious, deep ruby/purple-colored 1999 Côtes du Rhône offers abundant fruit, some tannin, a high acid profile, medium-body, and excellent purity. Production of this cuvée is gigantic, with speculation that there are close to a half million cases made. Remarkably, Guigal maintains an exceptionally high level of quality as well as consistency from bottle to bottle, despite the fact that there are generally five to six separate bottlings.
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.
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