2010 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(50% syrah, with grenache and a bit of mourvedre): Opaque ruby. Smoky cherry and black raspberry aromas are complicated by olive, allspice and licorice, with a sexy floral quality in the background. Sappy dark berry and lavender pastille flavors display impressive depth and power without excess weight. Closes sweet, gently tannic and long, with lingering spice One thing you can always expect from a Guigal wine is intense fruit. The 2010 Côtes-du-Rhône, a mostly-syrah wine blended with grenache and a touch of mourvedre, offers assertive dark berry and floral elements and a suave spiciness that gives it uncommon complexity for a wine at this price. Believe it or not, this bottling ages very well, as recent bottles of the 1998 have proven to me... The Guigal family is as closely associated with Côte-Rôtie as any winemaking enterprise is with any appellation in France, perhaps even the world. Producers there will tell you, unprompted, that the current fame of their wines is due mostly to the hard work and tireless promotion of Etienne, Marcel and now Philippe Guigal, whose domain produces almost one-third of all Côte-Rôtie. While Guigal’s high-end Côte-Rôtie bottlings are objects of desire for collectors around the world, in fact most of their wines are very fairly priced, and they’re available everywhere. Guigal’s entry-level Côtes-du-Rhône is consistently among the wine world’s best values, so in a great vintage like 2010 it’s a no-brainer. (Josh Reynolds on Winophilia)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
As for the red wines, first and foremost is Guigal's Cotes du Rhone. I re-tasted the 2010 Cotes du Rhone, which is still in foudre. This cuvee is typically a blend of 50% Syrah and the rest Grenache and perhaps some Mourvedre. Guigal is known throughout the Rhone Valley for paying the highest price for generic Cotes du Rhone, and that in large part explains the quality of this wine year in and year out. It enjoys an extended upbringing in foudre and stainless steel tanks and is always a dense ruby/purple-colored wine with lots of blue and black fruits intermixed with notions of kirsch, licorice, lavender and spice. Supple and surprisingly intense, this delicious effort can age for 4-5 years. (RP)
*Smart Buys* Offers a roasted feel, with dark bramble, plum and tobacco notes accented by hints of pastis and apple wood, leading to a ganache- and charcoal-infused finish. Distinctive in feel, revealing a prominent yet integrated woodsy element.
"One of the reasons the classic 2010 Cotes du Rhone red is so good is because Guigal pays more for top fruit than others are willing to do," notes Robert Parker. (10/2012) 14% abv.