Côtes-du-Rhône Red

Soil type

Varied soil, sediment, limestone, granite. Pebbles and Alluvia.

Grape variety

45% Syrah, 52% Grenache, 3% Mourvèdre.

Average age of vines

35 years.

Winemaking

Traditional winemakeing methods, temperature controlled fermentation. Long soaking on the skins.

Ageing

1 ½ years in oak foudres.

Average yield

41 Hl / hectare.

Average annual production

Around 3.500.000 bottles.

Tasting

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 intensly aromatic wine.
Overall : Full with a long finish and plenty of elegance and finesse due to the well balanced tannins and fruit.

Our comment

This classic wine offers top quality year in year out.

Vintages 2009

 

Wine Advocate #197 - Oct 2011

Score : 89

There are 3.5 million bottles of the 2009 Cotes du Rhone red, which represents an amazing value. A blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre, it comes primarily from the Plan de Dieu (Plain of God), which is situated northeast of Chateauneuf du Pape. This tank-aged, deep ruby/purple-colored, concentrated, fleshy, medium to full-bodied, supple offering reveals plenty of pepper, kirsch and black currant fruit intermixed with a notion of flowers. It is meant to be consumed during its first 2-3 years of life although I have tasted 10-year-old bottles that are still holding together. Drink: 2011 - 2014. Robert Parker.

 

Wine Advocate #191 - Oct 2010

Score :  (88-90)

The 2009, which won't be released until all 3.5 million bottles have been sold, looks to be nearly as good, with pretty much the same character, as the Guigals look to blend for similarity rather than vintage differences with this particular cuvee. Robert Parker.


 


 

Consumption

A boire/à garder

Serving temperature

16°C to 18°C.

Ageing potential

8 years.

Food and wine matching

cold meats, meat, game bird and cheese
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