Old-fashioned, this full-bodied traditional wine seduces with its decadent game, saddle-leather, plum and sautéed wild mushroom aromas. No hint of fancy oak, just a mouthful of Châteauneuf character that swirls around to a long, sweet finish. Another great négoce red from Guigal. *Highly Recommended, Top 100 Wines 2003 No. 41* (PM)
The 2001 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a completely destemmed blend of 85% Grenache, 5% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, and 5% assorted varieties that’s aged for 24 months in old foudres. Showing really well currently, and probably right in the middle of it’s drink window, the wine yields classic Grenache aromas of black cherries, mineral, leather, and earthy complexity on the nose. This is followed by a clean, medium bodied palate that’s balanced, shows good underlying structure, and a fleshy, rich mid-palate. While it’s time to start drinking, this has a good 5-8 years of prime time left.
Marcel Guigal has produced a superb Chateauneuf du Pape in 2001. Its medium plum/ruby color is accompanied by a lovely bouquet of kirsch liqueur, ground pepper, Provencal herbs and balsam wood. Full-bodied and lightly tannic, with loads of fruit and glycerin as well as a sumptuous finish, it is similar to the top-flight, seductive 2000. (RP)
Deep red. Roasted raspberry, strawberry, pepper, spices and exotic dried herbs on the nose. Suave and lively in the mouth, with red fruit and garrigue flavors framed by ripe acidity. Spicy and perfumed in the mouth, with enticing but restrained sweetness. Finishes very fresh and persistent, with fine-grained tannins. Delicious already. (ST)
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