Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2007
Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
Deep and dark red, notes of fresh fruits with red berries and spices. Full, round and racy with rounded and smooth tannins. A full-bodied, rich and intensely aromatic wine. Full with a long finish and plenty of elegance and finesse due to the well balanced tannins and fruit.
The Wine Advocate - "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. "
International Wine Cellar - "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."
The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Côte-Rôtie. 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 career, participated in the development of the Vidal-Fleury establishment.
Despite his young age, Marcel Guigal took over from his father in 1961 when the latter was victim to a brutal illness rendering him blind. Marcel's hard work and perseverance enabled the Guigals to buy out Vidal-Fleury in 1984, although the establishment retains its own identity and commercial autonomy. In 2000, the Guigals purchased the Jean-Louis Grippat estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage, as well as the Domaine de Vallouit in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.
In the cellars of the Guigal estate in Ampuis, the northern appellations of the Rhône Valley are produced and aged. These are the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. The great appellations of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône, are also aged in the Ampuis cellars. View all Guigal Wines
About Cotes du RhoneView a map of Cotes du Rhone wineries
The appellation of Côtes du Rhône encompasses much of the land of the area, not to mention much of the wine – over two-thirds of the wine produced here is of the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation. Wines here need only be from the Côtes de Rhône geographic area (which is fairly large) and consist of one or more of the 22 varieties permitted. Being such a wide classification, it's a surprise and joy that so many of these wines reach such a high quality. While there are areas in the Northern Rhône that meet the classification of Côtes du Rhône, most all of this appellation is in the Southern Rhône. Wines here are based mostly on Grenache, like other Rhône reds, while the whites focus on Marsanne and Roussanne. Viognier is also allowed although typically used in smaller quantities.
Notable FactsThere is one higher level in the Côtes du Rhône called Côtes du Rhône Villages. These wines are from specific village areas that have a few more standards the wine must reach to receive the village label. Some to take note of are Cairanne, Rasteau, Seguret and Beaumes-de-Venise. The good thing about both Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages is that big producers of the smaller appellations are taking the opportunity and freedom offered by this broad appellation and creating wines of very high quality, and lower in price.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3.53.7 out of 5 stars
19 ratings, 8 with reviewsJBurns - Garden Grove, CA42/23/2011wonderful, easy drinking rhone wine, great price for everyday drinking.311/29/2012enjoyable, nice value red.510/4/201244/14/2012dennis Sievers - Highland, IL44/3/2012Lars Christensen - Lubbock, TX22/29/2012Lars Christensen - Lubbock, TX42/5/2012elizabethblue2 - Chicago, IL41/27/2012
Pairs beautifully with the city of Chicago skyline and an old romantic comedy from the 90s. On a hazy winter's eve, it's the perfect complement to a warm blanket and a relaxed atmosphere. An excellent, well-valued sitting and sipping wine.Stashforce - Menasha, WI51/20/2012
- Smooth & Supple
Great Value, and I don't mean the Walmart.Gecko21 - Palmyra, PA512/7/2011Aaron Carpenter - Amherst, MA411/27/2011Smooth and easy to start and just got better by the glass. Can't wait to share this one with friends.epearsall - Ashburn, VA411/21/2011Second Label Wine - Austin, TX49/2/2011Bob Corcoran - Medford, MA38/16/2011I know this is a favorite of professional critics and wine drinkers everywhere - I think this style of wine (French - old country) is just not for me - prefer the new world fruit forward flavors - too much floral notes for my taste and too subtle fruit.Cornfusion - Poughkeepsie, NY38/7/2011Red w/Attitude - Miami, FL37/1/201156/23/2011
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old favoriteponza tony - Branford, CT16/7/201134/27/2011
- Earthy & Spicy
Good quality, but still too fresh. While this is an everyday table wine, these Guigal blends are of higher quality than most people realize. Don't get caught up with the drink now advice... if you try the 2004 vintage of this same wine you'll know what I'm talking about. They settle down and develop a rich, full-bodied smokiness that defies the price tag.
- Earthy & Spicy