2007 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the finest Chateauneufs made by Guigal, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 85% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre. Full-bodied with lots of kirsch, blackberry, raspberry, camphor and licorice, this is a classic example of both Chateauneuf du Pape and Provencal viticulture. It is aged in both tank and foudre for 3-4 years prior to being released. Drink it over the next 20 years. It is amazing that Guigal can consistently produce a wine of this majesty.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright purple. This looks like a much younger wine. Heady aromas of candied black and blue fruits, garrigue and licorice, with a smoky overtone. Rich but lively, offering vibrant cherry and boysenberry flavors that gain energy and sweetness with air. Quite showy, with excellent finishing clarity, soft tannins and lingering sweetness. Demonstrates the best attributes of this ripe vintage. The 2009 Gigondas, which I reviewed last year, is showing exceptionally well right now, with an exotic, spice- and floral-accented bouquet of ripe red fruits and supple texture. It will doubtless age gracefully but I found it to be drinking very well this November.