1998 Guigal - Cote-Rotie Brune et Blonde 750ml

France - Northern Rhone - Cote Rotie/ Red / Syrah   |     Watch

WS 93   IWC 90(+?)   WA 90   JR 17.5   Collector 91
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Caresses the palate. Elegant, with mineral, red and black fruit and supple tannins. Seductive balance on the fresh finish, where the firm tannins make a surprise appearance that suggests a bit of cellar time is needed to bring out the best of this red. 31,665 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2003-2010
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90(+?)

($38) Ruby-red, less saturated than the Hermitage. Cool aromas of black fruits, violet face powder, pepper and tar. Tightly wound on the palate, with pepper and herbal notes currently dominating the wine's dark berry component. But opened nicely with air to show good density and richness and sappy precision of flavor. Quite aromatic and bright in the mouth. Finishes with fine, peppery tannins and excellent persistence. Classic Cote-Rotie.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 100

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

Guigal's Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde (25,000 cases produced), tends to have 4-5% Viognier included in the blend. The 1998 exhibits some of the vintage's hard tannin, as well as complex aromatics of roasted olives, black currants, creamy oak, sweet cherries, and dried herbs. Medium to full-bodied and structured, with a sweet attack, it will benefit from another two years of cellaring, and last for 15 years.

Drink Dates: 2004-2017
Author: Robert Parker

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5

Deep and quite healthy ruby. Round and seductive with lots of ripe fruit – quite different from most other regular Côte Rôties. Some tarriness but still the delicacy of the appellation. I’m impressed by this! A complete wine that seems obviously from a successful vintage. Really fruity core without any sacrifice of typicity.

Drink Dates: 2006-2013
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 03/24/2012

Rating: 93
Author: Juan K
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 02/14/2014

Rating: 89
Author: DrinkBeHappy
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 10/31/2009

Rating: 89
Author: Jeane Malfeasance
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 10/19/2010
hints of almost, followed by a finish of nothing. i preferred Pierre Gaillard's offering from the same region.

Average rating: 90, based on 8 reviews
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915 bottles owned by 318 collectors.

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About This Producer

Marcel Guigal - the so-called "pivot" of the Cote-Rotie appellation - is both an owner and negociant, and vinifies over 40% of all Cote-Rotie. His father, Etienne, started out quite modestly in 1946, and over the next decades the company has grown to encompass all that is best in the Rhone Valley. Not only known for the massive hits in Hermitage and Cote-Rotie, the Guigal name is synonymous with quality all along the scale, from the humble Cotes-du-Rhone to the Big Three - La Landonne, La Mouline and La Turque.

See other similar producers: Chapoutier, Domaine Charvin

Wine Varietal: Syrah

While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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