The 1998 vintage of this wine was ranked #10 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2001
Dark ruby red in color with spices, red berries and delicate oak aromas. Round, soft tannins on the palate with flavors of rasberry, blackberry and vanilla. The wine is balanced between scarcely perceptible acidity and tannins which add ageing potential.
An ideal companion for small game, red meat and cheese.
"Guigal produces more Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde than any other producer of the appellation. The Brune et Blonde often spends up to three years in small oak casks and is always a blend of purchases from approximately four dozen small growers with his estate fruit. There are about 45,000 cases of this cuvee, which generally contains 8-10% co-fermented Viognier. Even more evolved is the 2007, which offers up sweet aromas of cherry jam, raspberries, bacon fat, Provencal herbs and black olives. This exuberant, flamboyant, fleshy Cote Rotie can be drunk over the next decade.
The Wine Advocate
"Deep ruby. Pungent, oak-spiced aromas of cherry-cola, smoke, olive tapenade and flowers. Then sappy, energetic and youthful, with excellent verve to the black fruit compote, violet and licorice flavors. This youthfully clenched, focused wine really stains the palate. Finishes long and vibrant, with a firm mineral spine and echoes of candied flowers and blackberry.
International Wine Cellar
"Lively, with a tangy sanguine edge up front, followed by juicy red currant, pomegranate and red licorice notes that run through the cedar-tinged finish. Rock-solid, with honest grip. Drink now through 2019. 17,500 cases made."