Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2017

I have almost unlimited admiration for the Guigals and their ability to produce millions of bottles of inexpensive Cotes du Rhones that are among the finest of the entire Rhone Valley… WINE ADVOCATE

As a group the 2017s display deep-pitched dark fruit character, palate-coating textures, distinct weight and, in many cases, powerful tannins. These are clearly opulent wines that will satisfy oenophiles JOSH RAYNOLDS

The textures of 2017 syrah wines are plush with deeper tannins than 2015 and there’s not the granular character of the tannins seen in the 2016 wines. “We’ve always talked about the fat tannins of the 2017 reds and these are going to be very popular,” says Philippe Guigal of the famous winery bearing his family name. JAMES SUCKLING

There is no way to pump Guigal’s Cotes do Rhone enough. This is one of the best value wines on the planet, it is not an exaggeration to say that, and perfect drinking for any and every situation.

This year’s iteration is one of the more seductive and immediately pleasurable versions of this wine I can remember tasting. Succulent, plump, darkly fruited with tinges of spice and wafts of floral notes. Finishes with sneaky length and a satisfying burst of cool fruited flavour after a bolder, darker entry. You couldn’t ask for anything more in a wine at anywhere near this price point.

Philippe Guigal is insistent this is the most important wine they 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. It is often the wine that people are introduced to from the Guigal’s impressive stable.

The reason the Cotes du Rhone 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 sumptuous, generous and with a level of class rarely seen at this price point.

This is one to buy up in bulk and always have on hand to drink.

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