Côtes du Rhône Red

Soil type

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

Grape variety

55% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 8% 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

2.500.000 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 2004

 

Wine Advocate #169 - Feb 2007

Score : 87

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.  Drink: 2007 - 2011. Robert Parker.

 

Wine Spectator - May 15, 2007

Score: 87

Smoky, with a nice kiss of cocoa leading the way for dark plum, briar and hot stone notes. Has good grip. Drink now. 154,000 cases made. James Molesworth.
 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Jan/Feb 07

Score : 89

Deep, bright red. Fresh strawberry and raspberry on the nose, with sexy violet and rose accents. Sweet red berry flavors are sharpened by notes of cracked pepper and lifted by tangy minerality. Finishes firm and chewy, with a bright redcurrant note. Suave and focused for the category, as usual. This cuvee has a good track record for aging. 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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