50% Syrah, 40% Grenache & 10% Mourvèdre
Easily our biggest selling French red. Every year it comes through offering plenty of everything at a very affordable price from one of the Rhone Valley's most famed and respected winemakers. Although consistently very good, 2015 was an excellent vintage in the Rhone and this wine shows a bit more density and richness than previous recent vintages. This is one of those of those wines you should just have on hand as it suits virtually every occasion.
Joelle Thomson, April 2019 (2015 Vintage)
"Talk about an alignment of the stars – Guigal Cotes du Rhone has always been good value when it comes to cheeky little French reds from the sunny southern Rhone, but this vintage is a noticeable step up in fruit concentration from the 2014 (which was also tasty).
The wine has improved immeasurably over the past decade. For good reason. It’s now aged at the family owned winery in Ampuis in the northern Rhone, which allows total control of the three year standard aging process prior to release for this stellar wine. It’s an interesting blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre, which adds rich mocha and cocoa flavours, body and oomph to this exceptionally tasty red wine. Velvety smooth, full bodied and fresh."
91/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, October 2018 (2015 Vintage)
"This reliable red from the Southern Rhone offers complex aromas of dark plum, mixed berry, warm spice, smoked game and toasted almond on the nose, followed by a succulent palate that is supple and smooth. The wine offers generosity as well as structure, making it a terrific food partner. At its best: now to 2020."
90/100 & Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast, September 2018 (2015 Vintage)
"Ripe but restrained, fruity yet elegant, this richly concentrated red offers luscious black cherry and berry flavours nuanced by hints of earth, smoke and spice. The palate is rich and fleshy but anchored by taut acidity and a finely edged backbone of tannins."
88-91/100 Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (2015 Vintage)
"The 2015 Cotes du Rhone marks a terrific return to form for this cuvée. It’s intense and peppery, with concentrated black cherry fruit, a medium to full-bodied palate and a long finish."
90/100 Vinous (2015 Vintage)
"Brilliant ruby. Vibrant cherry and cassis aromas are complicated by licorice, violet and floral nuances. Sappy, gently sweet dark fruit flavours show very good energy, and a peppery nuance adds lift and spicy bite. Finishes smoky and long, with supple tannins sneaking in late to add shape."
16/20 Jancis Robinson.com, June 2019 (2015 Vintage)
"Pepper, cedar, violet – lots of perfume here. The Syrah is superbly fragrant and expressive, and it is filled out by rich red fruit from Grenache. Decent length, soft tannins, balanced acidity. Delicious liquorice aftertaste. Impressive as ever."