2016 Guigal Rouge (750ml)

Syrah from Côtes du Rhône, Rhône, France

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Guigal is considered one of the Rhone's most important producers. Based in Ampuis (also home to Valrhona chocolates) they produce an extensive range of wines from up and down the Rhone Valley. Their Cotes du Rhone bottlings have been among the world's best wine bargains for the last 50+ years. It's all about selection, and no one does this better than Guigal. B-21's first Guigal for sale was the 1980 Cotes du Rhone Rouge. I got a chance to taste the 1980 earlier this year; remarkably fresh and lively, a testament to the work the Guigals do and the quality they seek throughout the Rhone. This dynamic family continues to produce remarkable wine values and at the same time, some of the finest wines on earth – their three single vineyards in Cote Rotie. Reference standard all.

91WA
91W&S
90JD
90V
90JS

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. Often available at retail for under $15 per bottle, it represents a terrific value.

91 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Dec 2019)

This contrasts sweet, juicy plum fruit and firm, spicy tannins with some earthy notes and bright cranberry highlights. Philippe Guigal bases this blend on syrah with grenache and mourvèdre, sourced from his network of 80-some growers and mellowed in barrels for 18 months before release. It’s an impressively structured and complex Côtes du Rhône red.

91 points, Wine & Spirits (Oct 2019)

As with the white, the quality of the basic Côtes du Rhône is more than noteworthy, especially when you consider the quantity produced. From a great, great vintage for the Southern Rhône, the 2016 Côtes du Rhône shows an upfront, sunny style as well as Provençal notes of spiced red and black fruits, ground pepper, and garrigue. Drink this medium to full-bodied, ripe, sexy effort over the coming 4-6 years. It will evolve even longer, if you’re so inclined.

90 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Dec 2019)

Deep, brilliant ruby color. Expansive dark berry, cherry, floral and spice aromas show very good clarity and pick up darker olive and licorice notes as the wine opens up. Sweet and energetic on the palate, offering juicy cherry, blackberry flavors and a spicy jolt of cracked pepper. Finishes with impressive length, sneaky tannins and a lingering suggestion of candied flowers. As usual, this bottling, which is made in massive volume and available seemingly everywhere, delivers outstanding value. The inherent elegance of the 2016 vintage comes through loud and clear. It'll age well, too, if one is so inclined.

90 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Sep 2019)

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.

90 points, James Suckling (Oct 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
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