Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003

Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France

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Winemaker's Notes

Number 20 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 5% Mourvèdre and others from 45 year-old vines. A deep dark red in the glass with aromas of spices and mature red fruits. In the mouth, round tannins with powerful complexity. A rich unctuous wine with notes of mature plums, hazelnuts and red fruits. A very rich wine full of harmony and balance.

Serve with: Red meat, game bird and cheese.

"...the 2003 Chateauneuf-du-Pape fully deserves a place alongside its more renowned siblings, with elegant refinement and subtle, soil-driven intensity. Its dark, pungent flavors of black cherry and spiced plum are richly prominent..."
-Wine & Spirits

"...a deep ruby/purple color as well as a sweet nose of new saddle leather, garrigue, pepper, kirsch, and blackberries. Dense, full-bodied, and tasty..."
-Wine Advocate

"Very rich and deep, with powerful, jammy raspberry and cherry flavors, dusty tannins and a long, chocolatey finish...
-International Wine Cellar

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elf - San Mateo, CA (read all my reviews)

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(9/27/2010)
Yes, buy this wine. It's very easy and lovely drinking. My friend bought it to share with friends...and my....what a treat.
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(9/27/2010)
I bought a 1/2 bottle of this and it was quite nice. Besides the spice notes (very subtle), the aroma of saddle leather was defintely the most pronounced. The palate was quite beautiful and full of dark berries! This sand dry wine hung one the tongue for a nice amount of time. Overall pleasant surprise! This was rated 87 by Wine Spectator but it is better then that rating would suggest.
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(9/25/2010)
Don't get me wrong, this is an interesting gem of a wine that left me very satisfied for the $40 spent, but the prominent "saddle leather" smell is more of an antiseptic leather and reminded me of band aids. However, if you're lucky enough to grab a bottle be ready for a roller coaster of sensations. Very rustic and smokey. Highly recommended.
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Ben - Marina Del Rey, CA (read all my reviews)

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(9/27/2010)
Strong hints of arugula, baked alaska, and steamed clams. This effervescent bottle is so tasty that it stunts the guilt that usually applies when spending large quantities of money on alcohol.
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Ben - Marina Del Rey, CA (read all my reviews)

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(9/24/2010)
This wine is a talented, less strong-jawed version of Hillary Swank. It still gives a stong performance, like hers in Million Dollar Baby, but is less annoying overall.
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(9/23/2010)
If you enjoy Rhone reds this is a great Chateau neuf. It is reasonably priced. I highly recommend it and will be buying more.
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martha trevino - San Antonio, TX (read all my reviews)

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(9/29/2010)
A pleasant surprise for this Bourdeaux. Usually I decant them for about 20-30 minutes, but this time I took a sip from the beginning and it was just wonderful. Great nose, blood red, beautiful color and smells of molasses.
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(9/29/2010)
The taste of leather is overwhelming. There's also a medicinal taste to the wine.
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(12/28/2012)
Style: Smooth & Supple
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Anthony D'Esposito - Valley Village, CA (read all my reviews)

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Learn About Guigal Map ItMap It

The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Cote-Rotie. In these vineyards that are over 2400 years old, you can still see the small terraced walls characteristic of the Roman period. Etienne Guigal arrived in this region in 1923 at the age of 14. He made wine for over 67 vintages and, at the beginning of his...

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Learn About Chateauneuf-du-Pape

(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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