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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003
Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003
(search item no. 88591)
collectible wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $42.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

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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About E. Guigal:

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.