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In-Stock Triple 93-Point 2010 Chateauneuf from a Rhone Legend - 04/07/2017 - Rhone Valley

2010 is a reference-point vintage in Chateauneuf that is the standard-bearer for ageworthy, structured, and stunning wines from the Southern Rhone's treasured appellation. Pair that with one of the region's legendary winemakers, unanimous acclaim, and a sub-$40 in-stock price and you're looking at one of the not-to-be-missed gems at this stage in the game.

At nearly 20% below the rest of the market, this could be one of the best deals you'll find in in-stock, top vintage Chateauneuf while most others are releasing '13s and '14s. Jeb Dunnuck of Wine Advocate says that it "shows the class of the vintage," while Vinous' Josh Raynolds' 93-point mark is on par with some of the heavyweights of a great vintage including Giraud Gallimardes, Olivier Hillaire Petits Pieds, and Bosquet Mon Grand-Pere, all of which go for about twice this on the current market. Any way you look at it, those who are looking for great deals from the Southern Rhone and beyond should take notice while Gigual's 2010 Chateauneuf is availalbe.

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2010 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($39.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A stunning effort and showing the class of the vintage, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is comprised of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre that spent 24 months in foudre prior to bottling. Rich, textured and medium to full-bodied, with ample black cherry, olive tapenade and subtle meatiness, this traditional effort stays pure and lively, with fine tannin emerging on the finish. (JD)" (12/2013)

93 points Vinous: "Vivid ruby-red. Suave, smoke-tinged red fruit and floral pastille aromas show very good clarity and licorice and cracked pepper add complexity. Sweet and focused on the palate, offering sappy, gently chewy raspberry, lavender pastille and spicecake flavors that put on weight and spread out slowly with air. Gentle tannins give shape and grip to the clinging, impressively persistent finish, which leaves notes of berry skin and candied flowers behind. There's less Grenache than usual in this year's bottling, which no doubt contributes to the wine's spine and structure. (JR)" (04/2016)

93 points Wine & Spirits: "Long aging in cask and bottle has mellowed this wine into a complex beauty, as notes of smoke, herbs and baking spices weave through the cherry liqueur flavors. The wine lasts with a steak-like savor, meaty and earthy, and holds those flavors strong for a week after opening. That bodes well for its cellar potential, though its also delicious now with a lamb-and-black-olive braise." (02/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A solid, brick-house version, with roasted mesquite and alder notes providing the frame while the steeped plum, raspberry and black currant fruit core waits in reserve. A charcoal accent pins down the finish. Should open steadily with cellaring, though this will likely maintain a pleasantly rugged feel. (JM)" (11/2015)

K&L Notes: Guigal still remains the benchmark by which most Rhone producers are measured. Consistently pulling in the highest scores for their icon wines in the northern Rhone, probably their greatest workhorse and best value lies in the south with this Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Every year it receives high accolades, even taking home a Wine Spectator "Wine of the Year" award for the 1999 release. The 2010 is utterly delicious and approachable, ranking with some of their best vintage releases to date, including 2007, 2001 and dare we say the legendary wine of the year 1999!

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 11, 2017

One of the truly exceptional vintages of the last twenty years. Rich and fragrant nose, full of blackberry and ripe, red fruit with sligh notes of cedar and black pepper. A touch of bacon fat and raucous acdity give way to tighly focused fruit. Nicely structured, young to be sure, but still accessible after a bit of decanting. A well built power-house of a wine with a resonating finish.

Staff ImageIvan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 06, 2017

For such a large, famous winery, Guigal still surprises with its refusal to conform to trends. Eschewing the steroidal fruit and extraction common in this category these days, Guigal is producing well-balanced, deeply complex old-world style Chateauneuf. Classic aromas and flavors of cassis, figs, black raspberry, minty herbs and anise, sandalwood, black pepper, and a swirl of warm spices close out the finish. Still a baby, this bottle could use another 5-7 years in the cellar. Pair with a rack of lamb with mint chimichurri.

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2017

We never can get enough Chateauneuf, especially ones with a few yawning years behind them, having bided their time, waiting for the sudden turn of the knife and twist of the screw. Once released, they often remain reticent, cautious, as they are finally allowed to relax and unravel their veiled charms in the glass. And this Chateauneuf-du-Pape opened slowly, revealing after several hours in the decanter a delicate finesse and suppleness to the pitch-perfect red berried fruit, Provencal herbs, smoky tea and seasonal spice notes, with well-rendered tannins and a wonderful savory finish. A super value in a superb vintage from this renowned producer, drink now or cellar for another decade. Cheers!

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 24, 2016

It's so nice that Guigal has the foresight to release this wine with a little bottle age on it. With most producers on to 2013 and just releasing 2014, you get something with a couple more years on it and from a great vintage to boot! The wine is classic Chateauneuf with flavors of roasted cherries, oolong tea, dried blueberries, potpourri, thyme and north African spices. Beautiful perfume and balanced on the palate this wine is perfect for seekers of immediate pleasure and those willing to wait for a few more years.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 23, 2016

The 2010 Guigal Chateauneuf du Pape is such an excellent buy! It delivers amazing aromas of rich, dark fruit with a shade of baking spices and vanilla. Then, on the palate the fruit brightens up and comes alive, blending perfectly with medium-bodied tannins to create a lush wine that's big enough that you know you can hang onto it for several years, but balanced and structured enough so that it is also delicious NOW. I've definitely been less satisfied by more expensive CDPs, making this a MUST BUY if you like the style.