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2003 Guigal - Cote-Rotie Brune et Blonde 750ml
2003 Guigal - Cote-Rotie Brune et Blonde
France - Northern Rhone - Cote Rotie
Red / Syrah
2003 Guigal - Cote-Rotie Brune et Blonde
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International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds Issue: Issue 130

($79) Deep, inky ruby. Powerful, superripe aromas of kirsch, blackcurrant and chocolate, complemented by exotic spices and licorice. Rich, creamy and dense, with sweet red and dark fruit flavors framed by chewy tannins. The sweetness builds on the finish, which features a late-arriving note of floral pastille.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 170

The 2003 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde is probably the finest cuvee of regular Cote Rotie that Guigal has produced since 1999 or 1991. Stunningly rich, it offers a beautiful, sweet nose of cassis, mocha, espresso, bacon fat, black olives, and underbrush. Some smoked meat notes also make an appearance in this rich, lush, opulent wine. This is a beauty.

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Wine Spectator Author: Per-Henrik Mansson

Still tight, but this has a solid core of muscular fig paste, currant, tobacco, black olive and iron notes, followed by a long, well-structured finish. Shows the heat of the vintage, but isn't roasted. 12,000 cases made.

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Ish Wine Cellar Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 07/21/2012


PurpleTeeth Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 09/23/2012 Drink Dates: 2007-2017

The Cote-Rotie French wine appellation is one of the world's most unusual and famous. Located on a hillside along the banks of the Rhone River in the South of France, its name in English literally means "roasted slope" due to the steep angle at which the vines face the sun. Because of this, the berries get plenty of direct sunlight, become super-ripe and take on an almost "roasted" character. The wines are red, made with Syrah grapes and up to 20% Viognier, a white grape used for its aroma. According to appellation rules, Syrah and Viognier must be fermented at the same time, a process known as cofermentation. Cote-Rotie wine typically exhibits a combination of meat aromas (including bacon) from the "roasted" Syrah, and floral aromas from the Viognier. This bottle, a 2003 produced by E. Guigal, was from one of the hottest vintages on record. The cuvee ("Brune et Blonde") refers to the iron-rich soil in the "Brune" (brown) vineyard, and the lighter-colored, gravelly soil in the "Blonde". Super-tight and monolithic upon opening, it began to unfold and reveal its mysteries after 90 minutes in decanter. It was jam-packed with cocoa, plum, fig paste and black olive notes, its bouquet was brick red, and its finish lasted for what seemed like an eternity. Due to its high demand, Cote-Roties can be fairly expensive, but this is a good introduction to the genre at a reasonable price. Drink now through 2017.


Scooter Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 02/06/2012

I had a bottle three years ago and it was tasty but tannic. Today it is much better balanced and ready to drink. Time left but Im not sure it will get any better. A good value.

darvid Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 08/12/2011 Drink Dates:

Dark, heavy, tannic, and comparatively inexpressive. It took over an hour's aeration before it was recognizable as Syrah and after another hour it still wasn't acting like Cote-Rotie. Back in the dungeon for another five years.


Conrad K Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 02/16/2011 Drink Dates: 2008-2015

Yum. This was a surprise package of espresso and earth tones on the nose. Mocha and cassis on the palate. Great finish. Makes you wonder why splurge for the La La s.

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