Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape (375ML half-bottle) 2015
Beautiful deep and dark red. Aromas of spices and ripe red berries. Round tannins with complexity and power. Rich, full and unctuous wine, with notes of ripe plums, stones and red fruits. A rich wine with harmony and balance.
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This bottling from Guigal punches above its weight class with penetrating dried-cherry and raspberry flavors accented by smoke, char, earth and leather. Unctuously full bodied and edged by a rasp of drying tannins, it’s a hedonistic but structured wine that should improve through 2030. Vintus LLC. Editors’ Choice
“So sexy” were the first words I wrote after smelling this wine, marveling at the way a combination of taut herbal notes, earth and lush fruit could evoke such a response. Made from purchased juice that the Guigals blend and age in large oak foudres for three years, it’s a finely detailed red, the succulence of its raspberry flavors set off by a plethora of herbal, nutty and spicy notes. Cocoa-textured tannins provide a bass line and contour that keep the wine feeling firm and restrained, ready to enjoy now but also capable of aging in bottle for another decade.
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, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône, are also aged in the Ampuis cellars.