(2011 Vintage) Closed stainless steel tanks. Automatic punching down and temperature controlled fermentaion. Average 3 weeks in tanks. Round soft tannins. Aromas of rasberry, blackberry and vanilla Overall : Balance between scarcely perceptible acidity and tannins which add ageing potential and softened by long ageing in oak.
Amazing wine. Medium ruby color with a nose full of deep concentrated fruit, mostly cherry, together with sweet spice and old wood and a tone of violet flowers that gives the wine a lift. And if nose was good, palate was spectacular with peacock's tail opening of flavors, great intensity, smooth opulent texture and long finish. Flavors included violets, dark cherry fruit and sweet vanilla spice. (1299 views) Tasted by Yiannis on 4/5/2012 & rated 94 points: Rhone Magic (Le Petit Sommelier Restaurant): Almost 3 years since I wrote my last note on this, and my overall assessment remains unchanged: this is a fantastic Cote-Rotie from Guigal, despite being his basic bottling from this appelation. It has a dark ruby-garnet color; a seductive nose with continuously evolving aromas of kirsch, black and red berries, fruit cake, green olives, nicely integrated oak, violets, black pepper, smoked ham and hints of coffee; full-bodied with firm but juicy tannins, great fruit and high acidity; very long, peppery finish. Very enjoyable now but with potential to improve further. (1410 views) Tasted by whitesnake on 4/5/2012 & rated 92 points: Garnet with a moderate tawny rim. Evolved on the nose with meat, fried bacon, coffee, chocolate and overt oak influence. Peppery on palate with medium velvety/ripe tannins that are quite fluid. A fine wine with concentration, balancing acidity and firm tannins. Approachable already. (1499 views)
Wine Advocate(2000 Vintage) Rating: (87-89) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 140 on Apr-02
Wine Spectator(2000 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/03
Wine Spectator(2009 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/21/2013