Guigal Cotes du Rhone is 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. This is one of those of those wines you should just have on hand as it suits virtually every occasion.
Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"Deep dark red and shiny dress. Nose of black fruits marked by notes of spices. Full- bodied wine, full and racy. Tannins rounded, very coated but present in the mouth. This wine is distinguished by its size, heat and aromatic intensity.Complete wine, good persistence. Elegance and finesse due to a nice balance between tannins and fruits."
90/100 Vinous (2017 Vintage)
"Saturated ruby. Ripe black raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by suggestions of cracked pepper, allspice and pungent flowers. Supple, appealingly sweet red and blue fruit preserve flavours gain energy with air, and a bright mineral element adds back-end lift. Supple tannins add shape to a persistent, floral-accented finish, which leaves cherry and spice notes behind."
89/100 Jeb Dunnuck (2017 Vintage)
"Always a solid value as well as an impeccably made wine, the 2017 offers a medium ruby colour as well as pretty notes of black cherries and crunchy raspberry fruits intermixed with lots of peppery garrigue and spice. It displays the charming, Provençal, medium-bodied style of the vintage nicely and is ideal for enjoying over the coming 3-4 years."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2020 (2016 Vintage)
"Gorgeously fruited and immediately appealing, the bouquet shows dark cherry, Black Doris plum, dried herb, anise and toasted almond characters. The palate delivers excellent weight and fruit intensity together with savoury nuances, wonderfully complemented by silky mouthfeel and refined tannins. Terrific drinking. At its best: now to 2023."
91/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, November 2019 (2015 Vintage)
"Spice, liquorice, dark fruit but with some raspberry juiciness folded through, along with a musky perfume and dried herb. It’s fleshy and ripe, but stays even and balanced, tannin pulls a little dry and grainy, yet sits neatly inside the folds of dark berry and more savoury flavours on offer. Finish is good too. It’s a lovely glass of wine here."
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."
91/100 Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (2016 Vintage)
"There are an impressive 4.5 million bottles of the 2016 Cotes du Rhone, a ripe, silky wine that should bring pleasure to thousands of consumers. Cherries and raspberries mark the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate adds nuances of cola, tree bark and spice. It represents a terrific value."
90/100 JamesSuckling.com (2016 Vintage)
"Very brambly, rich and attractive tobacco, red and dark fruit and wild herbs. The palate has richness and an attractive feel with great core flesh and balance. The combination of quality, good value and accessibility here make this quite unique. Drink now."