E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône

french wine  %tages E. Guigal Côtes du RhôneThe Guigal family has owned vineyards in Côtes du Rhône since 1946, primarily all ears in Northern Rhone appellations such as Condrieu and Côte-Rôtie.

The blend in this wine is 55% Syrah, 35% Mourvedre, 8% Grenache and 2% others varieties. With Syrah as the dominant variety, it is characteristic of a Northern Rhone blend. It has more Mourvedre than any additional Côtes du Rhône wine I’ve had, although it’s not unheard of to have that much Mourvedre or even more.
Blackberry, plum, orange peel are the dominant aromas on the nose.  There is also a subtle cedar.  The nose in general isn’t very intense, but it’s nice. The palate shows a soft blackberry, plum, tart cherries and chocolate.  It’s slightly flabby (i.e. it could use more acidity to liven the palate.)  The tannins are excellent.  It’s a small bit out of balance and not the best pick for a Côtes du Rhône.
Wine: E. Guigal
Variety: Côtes du Rhône
http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Vintage: 2004
Alcohol: 13%
Rating: 82
Fee Paid: $13.99

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