Why is this Wine so Yummy?
The 2015 Vintage
Guigal describes 2015 as “a monument” that has few peers in recent times. “It needs to be spoken of in the same terms as 1978, 1985 and 1991, for sure,” he said, adding that he thinks the wines are destined to live an extremely long time without ever seriously closing down “because the harmony of fruit and tannins is perfect. It really has everything.” JOSH RAYNOLDS, Vinous Media
About Guigal’s Côtes du Rhône.
Guigal have contracts with growers dating back decades and are well-known in the region for paying the best prices for the best grapes.
This year saw the use of lots of Syrah from the Vinsobres region and it is this that comes to the fore. On the nose this is very aromatic and and full of black fruits – blackberry, black cherry – with a hint of olive and a meaty, peppery spice that shouts of its high-quality Syrah origins. Rich, juicy and full-bodied on the palate, the fruit shows the ripeness you’d expect from such a top vintage. Polished and with surprising depth for a wine at such a low price, the fine tannins and long finish makes this exceptionally enjoyable to drink now – although I would be very interested to try it again in 5 years time as I think it has the structure and capacity to age nicely. Pretty amazing for the price!
Guigal favours Syrah as the major grape for their Côtes du Rhône Rouge, this is uncharacteristic for the region as many of the wines you’ll find on the market are dominated for Grenache for its straight-forward pleasure. Syrah though, when well made, can offer a deeper complexity that blends beautifully with Grenache. Guigal are masters of Syrah and it is no surprise that they want it to stand out in this wine.
For an entry-level wine, the quality is incredibly consistent. But then this is meant as a gateway to the entire Guigal portfolio and as such, it must deliver an awful lot of bang for its buck! Guigal’s attention to detail is phenomenal and enables them to produce their highly sought after, tiny production Côte-Rôties, all the way through to their incredibly popular Côtes du Rhône.