2011 E. Guigal Gigondas

SKU #1287499 93 points Wine & Spirits

 This feels regal and old-fashioned in the best way, a gruff, gravelly Gigondas made charming by its subdued fruit and sweet earthiness. Two years in oak foudres—half of them new—has added a brown-sugar richness to the fruit; any charry notes have been incorporated fully, turning the flavors toward roast meat. Firm and savory, this is a pleasure to drink now, and it’s sure to age well over the next decade.  (2/2016)

91 points Vinous

 Opaque ruby. Pungent, floral red and dark berry scents, along with a smoky mineral quality and a hint of olive; seems like there's more Syrah in here. Spicy blackberry and cherry-cola flavors put on weight with air, picking up an exotic touch of violet pastille. Maintains focus and energy through its long, smoky, gently tannic finish, with the floral quality emphatically echoing. (JR)  (5/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This features a rugged edge, with lots of roasted alder and juniper notes framing a core of fig, blackberry and black cherry paste flavors. Hints of ganache and tar add heft to the finish. Has a nice throwback feel. Best from 2016 through 2021. 2,000 cases imported. (JM)  (10/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Gigondas has lots of kirsch, sweet cherries, spice and cedar wood to go with a medium-bodied, perfumed, Provencal style. It should drink well for a decade or more. (JD)  (12/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Bright dark ruby. Round and mellow. Lots of spice and delivery. Great lip smacking fruit with some transparency. This may not be a famous appellation for this producer but it shows how Guigal works hard to ensure that the fruit they buy in is up to a certain level. There is some salty sappiness here. A good point to drink it. Full and satisfyingly fruity but not heavy at all. Shows the 'altitude' of the appellation.  (10/2016)

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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/10/2017 | Send Email
One could offer that "Guigal" is to wine what "Google" is to search engines, just don’t confuse the two if you’re racking your brain over who played third base for the A’s during the 1972 World Series win over Cincy (it was Sal Bando). Of course it you googled "Cincinnati Reds" you might come up with a wine, but I doubt it. Guigal is renowned for world-class Northern Rhone wines like La Turque, but it also seeks out fruit engines, er, vineyards in the Southern Rhone to add to its fine repertoire. This Gigondas, made from very low-yielding vines averaging 40+ years, breathes the elemental terroir of sun-baked stones, ripe fruit and garrigue from which it was born. Deep, warmly robust flavors of black cherry, spice, roasted herbs and grilled meats meld into a seamless whole, delivering a wine that will pair well with dishes from rich paella to homemade Wagyu burgers. Search no further!
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By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2017 | Send Email
Once again E. Guigal shows why they are a classic Rhone producer. Not only do they bring Rhone wines to new heights in their top expressions which sell for hundreds of dollars per bottle, but they show why there is so much value in the Rhone with wines like this amazing Gigondas. The nose is bright and intense dripping with dense purple fruits and layers of spicy nuance. The palate is rich and textural, but not lacking for acid which provides tremendous length. This is a special value for Rhone lovers and should drink well from tonight through the middle of the next decade without any compromise.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2017 | Send Email
When I first got into Rhone wines, my head was always turned most by the wines of Chateauneuf du Pape. Though I still have affection for these, my palate has shifted more towards it's little brother Gigondas just to the northeast. Gigondas offers similar weight and intensity but often at half the price for a competing Chateauneuf. Gigondas is also more hillside fruit on gravel with lots of red clay in the soil and forests of garrigue surrounding most of the vineyards. This higher altitude and heavier soil produces wines with intensity but have more of the potpourri, tobacco notes that I love. The Guigal Gigondas is a special treat because it captures all these characteristics with a very classic narrative on the palate. Full of brambly red and black fruit, the nose drifts towards herbs of Provence and finishes with Asian spicebox and toasted tobacco flavors. Guigal is serious about their Gigondas. They have had roots in the region for half a century and the average age of the vines in the cuvee are 40+ years old. Another great element of this Gigondas... the price! Ours is the lowest in the country. The importer is winding down this vintage so hurry and get some now both to enjoy and maybe cellar for a couple more years.

By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/1/2017 | Send Email
This is a fantastic Rhone value that's got some bottle age and rustic charm. Bright fruits like red cherry and blackberry are paired with cola, forest floor, sweet tobacco and a good amount of spice. A great option for a Châteauneuf-like everyday red that won't break the bank.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2017 | Send Email
Surprisingly hearty and rustic given the vintage but a great value for a quality wine from this appellation boasting 4 years of bottle age. This is earthy, mellow and meaty with good sweetness and spice to the cherry berry fruit and tapenade flavors. Drink this tonight with hearty food.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Gigondas

Alcohol Content (%): 14