2009 E. Guigal "Brune et Blonde" Côte-Rotie
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Possessing additional richness, the 2009 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde boasts rocking cassis, scorched earth and chocolate to go with more classic cured meats, mineral and violet-like nuances that emerge with time in the glass. Full-bodied, gorgeously pure, with a core of sweet fruit, it too will totally thrill over the coming decade or more. (JD)
A rich, fleshy style, offering lots of pastis-soaked plum, blackberry and currant fruit at the core, backed by ganache and singed juniper notes that add texture and length on the finish, with a terrific iron spine. Should age nicely. Best from 2015 through 2030. (JM)
Opaque ruby. Smoky raspberry, cherry and violet aromas are lifted and sharpened by a suave Indian spice note. Sappy and broad in the mouth, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and a touch of fruitcake. Warm yet lively, finishing with excellent thrust, supple tannins and persistent spiciness. Philippe Guigal noted that he won't be surprised if this wine never really shuts down. (JR)
Guigal's Côte Rôtie 'Brune et Blonde' is sourced from the steep slopes of both the Côte Brune with its dark iron rich soils, and the Côte Blonde with its light limestone soils. The cepage is a typical blend of 96% Syrah and 4% Viognier from vines averaging 35 years and is aged for 36 months in oak. 13.5% abv.