2007 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the finest Chateauneuf du Papes made from this Iconic estate is easily the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape. Checking in as a blend of 80% old vine Grenache, 10% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre and other permitted varieties, it offers full-bodied, Provencal, incredibly perfumed notes of lavender, garrigue, bloody meat, licorice and sweet Grenache fruit. Pure, polished and layered on the palate, with ultra fine tannin, it's drinking at point today yet has another decade or more of life. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright purple. This looks like a much younger wine. Heady aromas of candied black and blue fruits, garrigue and licorice, with a smoky overtone. Rich but lively, offering vibrant cherry and boysenberry flavors that gain energy and sweetness with air. Quite showy, with excellent finishing clarity, soft tannins and lingering sweetness. Demonstrates the best attributes of this ripe vintage. The 2009 Gigondas, which I reviewed last year, is showing exceptionally well right now, with an exotic, spice- and floral-accented bouquet of ripe red fruits and supple texture. It will doubtless age gracefully but I found it to be drinking very well this November.