Côtes-du-Rhône Red

Soil type

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

Grape variety

65% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 3% Mourvèdre 2% others.

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

About 3,000,000 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 2003

 

Wine Advocate  # 163 - Feb 2006 

Score : 88

The 2003 Cotes du Rhone (60% Syrah, 30% Grenache, and the rest Mourvedre 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 creme de cassis, wild herbs, kirsch, and blackberries. Dense, medium-bodied, and lightly tannic, it is a surprisingly big, substantial Cotes du Rhone 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. Robert Parker.

Wine Spectator - Sep 30, 2005

Score: 87

Tight now, this is a fairly structured Côtes du Rhône, with muscular black cherry and toast flavors followed by tar, vanilla and tobacco on the finish. Needs brief cellaring to round into form. Drink now through 2006. 50,000 cases imported. James Molesworth.

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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