Côtes-du-Rhône Red

Soil type

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

Grape variety

50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% 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

41Hl / hectare.

Average annual production

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 2007

 

Wine Advocate #191 - Oct 2010 

Score : 90

The 2007 Cotes du Rhone has finally been released, and Guigal has made his finest Cotes du Rhone to date, all from purchased juice. He and his son told me they go through thousands of samples in order to come up with this cuvee, which is based on 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Mourvedre, all aged in tank. A deep ruby/purple wine with lots of cassis, kirsch, pepper, and even an intriguing floral note, the wine is medium to full-bodied , silky smooth, and a truly delicious, hedonistic and intellectually satisfying wine that is a remarkable bargain. It should drink well for 2-4 years, as these wines can actually last. Drink: 2010 - 2014. Robert Parker.

 

Wine Spectator - Dec 31, 2010

Score: 87

Mature, with a rustic edge, this shows a lightly mulled character to its the plum and currant fruit, with coffee and roasted mesquite notes on the finish. Drink now. 220,000 cases made. James Molesworth.

 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Jan/Feb 11

Score : 90

Inky ruby. Intriguing, highly perfumed aromas of red- and blackcurrant, cherry, dried flowers and tobacco, with powerful spice and black olive accents; the syrah is center stage today. Graceful and focused, with sweet dark fruit and floral pastille flavors that coat the palate. Suave and gently sweet wine, with excellent clarity, length and a lingering floral quality. There will not be a 2008 bottling of this wine because Guigal wasn't happy with the quality of fruit in the southern Rhone. There are 3.7 million bottles of this wine to go around.  Josh Raynolds.

Consumption

A boire

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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