2003 Guigal "Brune et Blonde" Côte-Rôtie
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Much more ripe, textured and decadent, the 2003 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde is loaded with notions of cassis, plum sauce, licorice and exotic, gamy qualities that flow nicely to a full-bodied, concentrated wine that has sweet tannin, excellent mid-palate depth and a terrific finish. Drinking at maturity, it should nevertheless continue to evolve gracefully through 2023.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep, inky ruby. Powerful, superripe aromas of kirsch, blackcurrant and chocolate, complemented by exotic spices and licorice. Rich, creamy and dense, with sweet red and dark fruit flavors framed by chewy tannins. The sweetness builds on the finish, which features a late-arriving note of floral pastille.
Still tight, but this has a solid core of muscular fig paste, currant, tobacco, black olive and iron notes, followed by a long, well-structured finish. Shows the heat of the vintage, but isn't roasted. Best from 2008 through 2015.
Syrah 96%, Viognier 4% . Very dark. Heady and concentrated. Really rich - almost gamey. Nothing whatsoever to do with the elegant side of Côte-Rôtie but then it's 2003...Lots of bang for the not inconsiderable buck. I think I would choose something more typically Côte Rôtie myself, but this is Guigal's full-on style accentuated by the heat-wave vintage.