2015 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône

SKU #1386075 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 As usual, the 2015 Cotes du Rhone features a majority of Syrah, largely sourced from the western side of the Rhône. Spicy, peppery, hickory aromas lead off, adding berries up front and then moving into darker fruit and more savory notes of black olive by the finish. This medium to full-bodied wine finishes long and silky, avoiding any of the vintage's hard tannins, while still boasting the concentration to drink well through at least 2023. (JC)  (10/2018)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Côtes du Rhône checks in as a final blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and the rest Mourvèdre. It offers a juicy, Syrah-driven bouquet of ripe blackberry fruits, smoked meats, pepper, and hints of underbrush as well as a rich, medium to full-bodied, polished style on the palate. It has ripe tannin, plenty of mid-palate depth, and as I wrote when I tasted it from barrel close to two years ago, it’s a beautiful Côtes du Rhône that will deliver the goods.  (3/2018)

90 points Vinous

 Brilliant ruby. Vibrant cherry and cassis aromas are complicated by licorice, violet and floral nuances. Sappy, gently sweet dark fruit flavors show very good energy, and a peppery nuance adds lift and spicy bite. Finishes smoky and long, with supple tannins sneaking in late to add shape. (JR)  (4/2018)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Ripe but restrained, fruity yet elegant, this richly concentrated red offers luscious black cherry and berry flavors nuanced by hints of earth, smoke and spice. The palate is rich and fleshy but anchored by taut acidity and a finely edged backbone of tannins. *Best Buy* (AI)  (9/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Mostly Syrah (theoretically there should be no more than 50%). All south of St-Marcel d’Ardeche, on the right bank of the Rhône especially. Usually Plan de Dieu but not in 2015. Lots of Vinsobres instead for a change. To be released early in 2018. Very flashy, glossy Syrah on the nose. Bit of treacle but great richness too. Great gloss and balance. Racy. Energetic. This doesn’t taste very like southern Rhône! They specialise in buying lots which others don’t want. They seek slow-maturing well-structured Syrahs. This will be a huge hit! No hurry to drink. (JR)  (10/2016)

James Suckling

 Very fleshy, plush and easy, red fruit with some blueberries and mixed plums. Abundant fruit here. The palate is fleshy, round and rich with raspberry and blueberry flavors and smooth tannins. A great vintage for this popular Côtes-du-Rhône.  (8/2018)

Wine Spectator

 Inviting, with a charming whiff of lavender amid the warm and fleshy cherry and plum compote flavors. Shows a light mesquite echo on the finish. (JM)  (9/2018)


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By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/6/2019 | Send Email
The E Guigal Cotes Du Rhone has been a staple in my every day wine drinking for as early as I can remember in my wine career, and the 2015 vintage is not only an outstanding value from a beyond exceptional vintage, it's the perfect gateway wine to anyone who has interests in the Rhone valley. Definitely worth checking out.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14