2007 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the finest Chateauneufs made by Guigal, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 85% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre. Full-bodied with lots of kirsch, blackberry, raspberry, camphor and licorice, this is a classic example of both Chateauneuf du Pape and Provencal viticulture. It is aged in both tank and foudre for 3-4 years prior to being released. Drink it over the next 20 years. It is amazing that Guigal can consistently produce a wine of this majesty. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Vibrant red and dark berry scents are complemented by notes of garrigue, woodsmoke and dark chocolate. Rich and expansive but energetic as well, offering sweet blackberry and cherry compote flavors and a touch of licorice. Shows the heft of the vintage but comes off as lively on the long, spicy, smoky finish. (JR)
Aromatic cedar and mesquite notes lead the way, with fleshy steeped plum, red currant and blackberry fruit at the core. Shows nice integration through the finish, where bay, ganache and espresso accents fill in. Drink now through 2024.
*Editors' Choice* Guigal’s 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a warm, full-bodied rendering of the appellation, with pronounced notes of clove on the nose, along with hints of cinnamon, cracked pepper and leather. Chocolate and plum mark the palate, while the finish is soft and velvety in texture.