2007 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône

SKU #1063588 90 points James Suckling

 Wonderful exotic fruits and citrus in the nose. The palate has a nice backbone of tannins, but the finish could use a bit more fruit. Outstanding none the less.  (2/ 2011)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Guigal has made his finest Cotes du Rhone to date, all from purchased juice. He and his son told me they go through thousands of samples in order to come up with this cuvee, which is based on 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Mourvedre, all aged in tank. A deep ruby/purple wine with lots of cassis, kirsch, pepper, and even an intriguing floral note, the wine is medium to full-bodied , silky smooth, and a truly delicious, hedonistic and intellectually satisfying wine that is a remarkable bargain. It should drink well for 2-4 years, as these wines can actually last.  (10/ 2010)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 55% syrah, 40% grenache and 5% mourvedre) Inky ruby. Intriguing, highly perfumed aromas of red- and blackcurrant, cherry, dried flowers and tobacco, with powerful spice and black olive accents; the syrah is center stage today. Graceful and focused, with sweet dark fruit and floral pastille flavors that coat the palate. Suave and gently sweet wine, with excellent clarity, length and a lingering floral quality. There will not be a 2008 bottling of this wine because Guigal wasn't happy with the quality of fruit in the southern Rhone. There are 3.7 million bottles of this wine to go around.  (2/ 2011)

K&L Notes

14% abv.

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By: Illya Haase |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/24/2011  | Send Email
I know they made a billion cases of this wine, but it really was spot on with roast chicken and root veggies. Nothing beats the magic of food and wine. What are you waiting for?

 By: Alexandra Albin |  Review Date: 8/13/2011 
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Definitely not impressed. I am not sure why this is so highly rated. Tad too sweet for my tastes. So many other Cotes Du Rhones in this price point that beat this hands down.

 By: Geoff Townsend |  Review Date: 6/2/2011 
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Great wine.

Lots of things going on. Our favorite. Bought 4 bottles, then 4 more.

Went with everything, cheap enough to drink everyday, but good enough to break out at special occasions.

 By: Chris V |  Review Date: 5/9/2011 
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The 2007 Guigal CduR conjurs the word "cyclopean." It has a very shy nose but it kicks in the mouth like a wild mule! and then goes down like silk. It reminds me of a solid Aussie Shiraz but with blazing acidity. It was perfect with Osso Bucco last night and Ratatouille on bulgur wheat tonight. Best red wine under $15 I've had in a really long time. Must decant, but clearly ready for consumption. This is one to consider for that case purchase.
Drink from 2011 to 2015

 By: AndyG |  Review Date: 1/24/2011 
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This is a decent but ordinary Cotes du Rhone -- a reasonable value at this price, with characteristic pepper and leather or tobacco. There's not a lot there in terms of fruit or floral notes. I can't imagine why Robert Parker and Stephen Tanzer would give this rave reviews.

Additional Information:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14