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2015 Guigal Côte-Rôtie 'Brune et Blonde'

2015 Guigal Côte-Rôtie 'Brune et Blonde'

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  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    Dark ruby red. Spices, red berries and delicate oak aromas. Round soft tannins. Aromas of raspberry, blackberry and vanilla. Balance between scarcely perceptible acidity and tannins which add ageing potential and softened by long ageing oak.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • The impact and influence of the Guigal family across the Rhône Valley, France, and all the world of fine wine is so immense, it’s sometimes difficult to remember that it’s all happened so quickly. In a country with such a rich and deep wine history, the Guigal family’s story is only in its third generation. The remarkable story begins with Etienne Guigal, a remarkably independent and both intellectually and physically capable man. He was the youngest child in his family, but as the most resilient he was sent off on his own at a very young age when his family could no longer afford to care for him. He came to Ampuis, half an hour south of the city of Lyon and the home of Cote-Rotie, to pick apricots. In the early 1930s his brother helped Etienne, still only 14 years of age, secure a job in the vineyards at the largest winery in the Rhône. Etienne started pruning in the vineyards and rose to cellar master over the course of 15 years, before eventually leaving just after the war in 1946 to start his own firm, E. Guigal. Etienne’s son Marcel became involved very early in the business when in 1961 he was forced to rush back from school because his father was suddenly struck with total blindness. Marcel has led the firm since, and his unparalleled work ethic and dedication to quality have lifted the Guigal wines to the pinnacle of the wine world, and the Guigal domaine to its status as the leading winery from the Rhône Valley. In the process Marcel brought attention to Côte-Rôtie and other appellations throughout the Rhône that were in danger of being lost in the annals of wine history, despite the region’s distinguished past of 2,500 years as a superior wine-producing area, and the cradle of wine civilization in France. The Guigal firm is extraordinary in a number of dimensions. Primary amongst them is that they will only purchase vineyards that are capable of producing truly great wines. Therefore despite their important production, they own only 150 acres, all in the Northern Rhône. They own overwhelmingly the finest collection of vineyards in Côte-Rôtie, the finest, carefully selected sites in both Condrieu and Saint Joseph, four exquisite parcels in Hermitage, and some of the finest vineyards in Crozes-Hermitage. These 150 acres are truly the finest collection of vineyards in the Northern Rhône, and serve as the source for their estate-bottled wines and the foundation for their Northern Rhône appellation wines. The more you learn about the Guigal family, the more astounding becomes their story. Their wines are the benchmarks for every Rhône appellation, and over the last thirty years they have become arguably the most lauded producer in the world. Year after year the Guigal family produces wines of exceptional quality that in all classes offer exceptional value.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 96 POINTS

    WINE SPECTATOR


    Dark and winey, this is youthfully tight, with a core of intense black cherry and black currant preserves, encased within layers of olive, singed alder, juniper and iron. Very focused and driven through the finish. Cellar for maximum effect. Best from 2022 through 2038. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 23,333 cases made, 700 cases imported.

    95 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW


    The bouquet is reserved and subdued but clean and correct, the palate lean and elegant, fine and medium-full bodied. Not a blockbuster by any stretch. Nicely focused, compact and taut, a graceful, refined, profound wine. Superb wine with a bright future.

    95 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE


    The bouquet is reserved and subdued but clean and correct, the palate lean and elegant, fine and medium-full bodied. Not a blockbuster by any stretch. Nicely focused, compact and taut, a graceful, refined, profound wine. Superb wine with a bright future.

    94 POINTS

    JOSH RAYNOLDS - VINOUS


    Glass-staining ruby. Powerful black/blue fruit, floral pastille, cola, olive and incense aromas pick up a smoky mineral nuance as the wine opens up. Fleshy and expansive in the mouth, offering intense, spice- and smoke-inflected black raspberry, boysenberry, violet pastille and olive paste flavors and a hint of candied licorice. Finishes seamless and impressively long, with an echo of sweet blue fruit and building tannins that add youthfully firm grip.

    93 POINTS

    JEB DUNNUCK - WINE ADVOCATE


    Moving to the reds, and the finest vintage of this cuvée I’ve tasted, the 2015 Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde goes a long way toward showing how good—and consistent—this vintage is in Côte Rôtie. Rich, thick and unctuous, with full-bodied notes of black raspberries, cassis, smoked meats, licorice and violets, it has ripe tannin, no hard edges and a smoking good finish. I promise, this is one wine you’ll pour a second (or third) glass of.

    93 POINTS

    JOE CZERWINSKI - WINE ADVOCATE


    Still in barrel, the 2015 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde is a terrific vintage for this cuvée. Yes, it shows some oak on the nose, but it’s in the form of subtle pencil shavings, not a big blast of toast or vanilla. Full-bodied and richly textured, it’s not the most typical vintage of this wine, but it’s exceptional, showing velvety waves of dark fruit on the long finish.

    93 POINTS

    JOE CZERWINSKI - WINE ADVOCATE


    Much more open and inviting than the Hermitage, Guigal's 2015 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde boasts hallmark aromas of dried flowers, herbs, raspberries and black olives. Medium to full-bodied, it's simultaneously rich and silky, showing fine, balanced acidity on the crisp finish. Considering it may account for as much as a third of the appellation's volume, it's a remarkable achievement and testament to the tremendous quality of the vintage. Even folks who buy and cellar the La Las will want to have some of this in their cellars for early drinking.