2011 E. Guigal Gigondas SKU #1287499


W&S 93 VN 91 WS 91
RP 90
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  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    One could offer that "Guigal" is to wine what "Google" is to search engines, just don’t confuse the two if you’re racking your brain over who played third base for the A’s during the 1972 World Series win over Cincy (it was Sal Bando). Of course it you googled "Cincinnati Reds" you might come up with a wine, but I doubt it. Guigal is renowned for world-class Northern Rhone wines like La Turque, but it also seeks out fruit engines, er, vineyards in the Southern Rhone to add to its fine repertoire. This Gigondas, made from very low-yielding vines averaging 40+ years, breathes the elemental terroir of sun-baked stones, ripe fruit and garrigue from which it was born. Deep, warmly robust flavors of black cherry, spice, roasted herbs and grilled meats meld into a seamless whole, delivering a wine that will pair well with dishes from rich paella to homemade Wagyu burgers. Search no further!
    Top Value!
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    Once again E. Guigal shows why they are a classic Rhone producer. Not only do they bring Rhone wines to new heights in their top expressions which sell for hundreds of dollars per bottle, but they show why there is so much value in the Rhone with wines like this amazing Gigondas. The nose is bright and intense dripping with dense purple fruits and layers of spicy nuance. The palate is rich and textural, but not lacking for acid which provides tremendous length. This is a special value for Rhone lovers and should drink well from tonight through the middle of the next decade without any compromise.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    When I first got into Rhone wines, my head was always turned most by the wines of Chateauneuf du Pape. Though I still have affection for these, my palate has shifted more towards it's little brother Gigondas just to the northeast. Gigondas offers similar weight and intensity but often at half the price for a competing Chateauneuf. Gigondas is also more hillside fruit on gravel with lots of red clay in the soil and forests of garrigue surrounding most of the vineyards. This higher altitude and heavier soil produces wines with intensity but have more of the potpourri, tobacco notes that I love. The Guigal Gigondas is a special treat because it captures all these characteristics with a very classic narrative on the palate. Full of brambly red and black fruit, the nose drifts towards herbs of Provence and finishes with Asian spicebox and toasted tobacco flavors. Guigal is serious about their Gigondas. They have had roots in the region for half a century and the average age of the vines in the cuvee are 40+ years old. Another great element of this Gigondas... the price! Ours is the lowest in the country. The importer is winding down this vintage so hurry and get some now both to enjoy and maybe cellar for a couple more years.
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a fantastic Rhone value that's got some bottle age and rustic charm. Bright fruits like red cherry and blackberry are paired with cola, forest floor, sweet tobacco and a good amount of spice. A great option for a Châteauneuf-like everyday red that won't break the bank.
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    Surprisingly hearty and rustic given the vintage but a great value for a quality wine from this appellation boasting 4 years of bottle age. This is earthy, mellow and meaty with good sweetness and spice to the cherry berry fruit and tapenade flavors. Drink this tonight with hearty food.


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