2012 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône

SKU #1251948 91 points Vinous

 Deep ruby. Spice- and smoke-accented cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by suggestions of candied violet and cracked pepper. Spicy, energetic and sharply focused on the palate, offering concentrated bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that open up slowly with air. Distinctly northern Rhône in personality and texture, featuring a peppery, floral-dominated finish, smooth tannins and excellent closing thrust and persistence. The quality of this bottling consistently outpaces its price and appellation, and that's especially true in this vintage. (JR)  (3/2016)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A wine that should be on the market by the time you read this, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone from Guigal is a smokin’ value that offers classic southern Rhone notes of peppery herbs, smoked earth and almost chocolatey dark fruits. Medium plus-bodied, concentrated, with both fine tannin and bright acidity, it will deliver the good for at least 5-7 years. Drink: 2015-2022 (JD)  (12/2015)

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By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2016 | Send Email
We all need some 'go to' wines in our cellar, and for years Guigal has produced a fantastic Cotes du Rhone at an extremely good price to complement their line of high end wines. It has seen its rightful place on many a restaurant menu and in wine lovers' homes everywhere. The 2012 is no exception, pure and balanced Rhone full of dark fruit, spice and lovely Rhone earth and fine tannins and acidity to support the wine.
Top Value!

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2016 | Send Email
Etienne Guigal started working in the vineyards and winery that today bears his name in 1924 (at the ripe old age of 14), and spent the 'next 67 harvests'... yes, you read that correctly... crafting his Rhône wines to perfection. His son Marcel took over the management in 1961, when his father was tragically struck with blindness, and today his own son Philippe is the winemaker. Three inspired and talented generations, all dedicated to creating perhaps the finest wines in the Rhône Valley, and capable of astonishing bottles from classic Côtes-du-Rhônes​ to world class Côte-Rôties. Composed of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre​, the Côtes-du-Rhône​ red is ruby-hued and alive with aromatic intensity, promising a savory, textural palate of black fruits, licorice, violets and pepper, held aloft by well-knit, attractive tannins. Paired with everything from hamburgers to pizza to paella, it remains one of the most versatile and delicious everyday reds on the planet.
Top Value!

By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2016 | Send Email
The scent of bright crunchy cranberry and red fruits show off like a lovely perfume. Slight minerality , and perfume come through quite elegantly - like a wine twice this price! Another winner for parties, weddings, or just because it’s Monday!

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2016 | Send Email
The Guigal CDR is always like a good friend for dinner. Purity of fruit and classic notes of red berries, spices and the hint of burnished leather. So food friendly and lively. The 2012 is an even more generous friend this year. It's like it went on a super cool trip and has great stories to tell. I can't wait to invite my friend over for dinner.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2016 | Send Email
A perennial best value year-in-and-year-out the 2012 Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge has outdone itself this year! An intoxicating nose of red fruits, spice, mocha and dried herbs seamlessly gives way to a palate loaded with cherry kirsch, red licorice, sage and subtle oak notes. Great acidity helps to balance out this fantastic little red wine. For a daily drinker this is hard to top!
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2021

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/3/2016 | Send Email
I’m convinced this is the best value red in the store. It’s showing dark fruits — blueberries and blackberries with cigar tobacco and a slight toastiness. It has medium tannins that give it great weight and silkiness on the palate, and just enough acid to drive a superb finish. Sure, Guigal makes great high-end wines, but the quality and attention to detail in its value wines are what keep it a dominant force in the Rhône valley. ​

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