Guigal Cotes du Rhone 2014

I continue to be amazed at the consistent quality of the Guigal family’s massive production, led by their Côtes-du-Rhône at an incredible 3,500,000 bottles in an average vintage. Philippe Guigal said he thinks “the brightness, energy and expressive fruit” will make the wines “very pleasant to drink on the young side,” but that same freshness will also allow the wines to “age extremely well on their balance.” JOSH RAYNOLDS, Vinous Media

Philippe Guigal is insistent this is the most important wine the Guigals produce. He argues this wine (bottling) is their cheapest and most accessible and speaks loudly about Guigal’s dedication to making great wines at various levels and price points.

The reason this wine has consistently over-delivered for three decades comes down to the decision by Marcel Guigal in the 1970s to pay double the finder’s fee to the negociants sourcing Cotes du Rhone if they provided higher quality produce. This, combined with the elevage in old oak foudre produces a wine which is simultaneously delicious in its youth and will age gracefully for a decade.

This is one of the best value wines on the planet and perfect winter drinking. The 2014 is a bright and energetic wine which will reward those who pull the cork and drink now and those with the patience to cellar the it for a few years.

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