TN: Current Guigal releases

This was held at a local Cleveland wine shop; pours were ~2oz save for the La Turque which was about an ounce, so my notes aren’t as detailed as usual, but it was quite an informative and insightful tasting; I particularly enjoyed tasting the various Syrahs side by side.

  • 2009 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône (5/26/2011)
    Fresh nose of ripe nectarine & a bit of rose water. The palate is much thicker, a bit oily, tasting of stone fruit and lanolin. (86 pts.)
  • 2009 E. Guigal Condrieu - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Condrieu (5/26/2011)
    Apricot and talc on the nose, with a soft elegant texture and palate of apricot, talc and honeysuckle. (91 pts.)
  • 2007 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône (5/26/2011)
    Nose of brick, raspberry, cherry and chocolate. Light bodied but with firm flavors, especially cherry, raspberry, and a bit of earth/leather. Light tannins. (87 pts.)
  • 2005 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (5/26/2011)
    Seductive, complex nose of brick dust, black pepper, herbs, some blackberry/raspberry, and a bit of vanilla oak. Balanced, smooth palate featuring similar tastes as the nose, a bit of earth. (92 pts.)
  • 2006 E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage (5/26/2011)
    Extremely tarry, inky nose. A bit lighter on the palate with notes of dark berry and a bit of ink. Juicy and acidic with light tannins. (88 pts.)
  • 2007 E. Guigal St. Joseph - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph (5/26/2011)
    Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and earth. Initial attack of dark fruit & berries, but then the wine falls off with a very short mid-palate and no finish. (82 pts.)
  • 2005 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie (5/26/2011)
    The nose and palate both feature raspberry, blackberry, herbs and vanilla. Fruity with light tannins. (88 pts.)
  • 2000 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Turque - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie (5/26/2011)
    Seductive, juicy nose of cherry and plum. Flavors of tea, red currant and hints of white pepper. Light to moderate tannins, but a very long finish. (93 pts.)

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