Fruit-driven character on this #cotesdurhone, cassis and bramble berry up front, finishes with some toffee and vanilla notes, plenty of acididty and a long finish with lingering tannins. It's a bit thin at the end and missing some herbs and spice to make things more interesting. #wsjwineclub **Update: just this week I’ve been enjoying this wine a glass a day and it just keeps going like the Energizer Bunny, virtually no oxidation and it’s opened up more with a longer finish. Rhône blends like this continue to surprise and impress me.
— a year ago
Excellent #cotesdurhone offering from Guigal - I’m easily wowed by the layers of herbs and peppery spice, balanced fruit and juicy acidity on the palate. — a year ago
A 2009 Côtes du Rhône? For 13 bucks? Ok - twist my arm, RiteAid. E. Guigal suggests an eight year max on this one, and yep, still drinking nicely. The blend is a classic GSM, (52% Grenache, 45% Syrah, and 3% Mourvèdre), grown in the Rhône region of France - a hotbed of viticulture since the 1600s. Guigal has been cultivating wine inthe region since ~1940s producing both easily approachable table wine, (like the monsieur pictured here), and high end expensive bottles of pure delicious sunshine. Paired this with a yellow curry and for the price point, it was well worth it. Not sure there are many 2009s still out there - but for the money, you could do a lot worse. ~$13 | #guigal #côtesdurhône #gsm
On the eyes: Ruby with orange tinted rim, med concentration, bright, med stain, med tears, no gas/floc.
On the nose: top notes of violet move through stewed blackberries, a touch of spice and licorice ending in a gravelly earthiness, med alcohol.
On the tongue: med+ acid, med tannin, med+ alcohol, med+ body, mellowed out and round on the palette. Overripe black plum, bing cherry, a touch of spice, and nice mineralty. Not overly fussy, drinks easily. The geezer should breathe a bit before you go, though. — 3 years ago
Delightful #gsm #cotesdurhone Decanting is a must - my impatient palate detected some weird funk and a torrent of unbalanced vanilla on the first taste that disappeared after a half hour in the glass. Subtly spicy bramble berry, black olive, and Provençal herbs on the nose. On the palate espresso becomes apparent. Succulent acidity, substantial yet genteel tannins on a long finish. — 10 months ago
I took a guess that this #beaucastel “Coudoulet,” which was a third of the price of their renowned CdP in a fine restaurant wine list, would still be awesome. No surprise the excellence of this Château carries through here - elegant fruit-forward #cotesdurhone, velvety tannins and herbs + spice touches. Delicious wine paired with coriander lamb chops. — a year ago