2007 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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. With the exception of Guigal's Cotes du Rhones, his wines are always released much later than most producers'...The 2007 Gigondas and 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape represent the current offerings.
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.
Aromatic cedar and mesquite notes lead the way, with fleshy steeped plum, red currant and blackberry fruit at the core. Shows nice integration through the finish, where bay, ganache and espresso accents fill in. Drink now through 2024.
**Editors' Choice** Guigal’s 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a warm, full-bodied rendering of the appellation, with pronounced notes of clove on the nose, along with hints of cinnamon, cracked pepper and leather. Chocolate and plum mark the palate, while the finish is soft and velvety in texture. It’s ready to drink now.