2011 Saint Theodoric "La Guigasse" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1166171 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Looking at the 2011s, both of which showed much better from bottle than barrel, the 2011 Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Guigasse (100% Grenache from sandy soils) has a Rayas-like perfume of sweet red cherries, currants, white pepper, spring flowers and underbrush. Fermented with 100% whole-cluster and aged all in neutral, larger barrels, this medium to full-bodied, dense and beautifully textured effort is superb now, yet should easily have 10-12 years of ultimate longevity. Drink now-2023. (JD)  (10/ 2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (100% Grenache): Deep red. Heady, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh raspberry, Asian spices, potpourri and white pepper, accented by a vibrant mineral topnote. Palate-staining juicy red fruit and floral pastille flavors pick up notes of star anise and cinnamon with aeration. Fine-grained tannins sneak up on the finish, which strongly echoes the red fruit and spice elements.  (1/ 2014)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A juicy style, with bergamot, red currant, blood orange and raspberry coulis flavors, backed by fresh acidity. A lovely tobacco leaf note stitches up the finish. Shows good range and energy. Drink now through 2022.  (2/ 2014)

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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:

Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5