Looking at the 2011s, both of which showed much better from bottle than barrel, the 2011 Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Guigasse (100% Grenache from sandy soils) has a Rayas-like perfume of sweet red cherries, currants, white pepper, spring flowers and underbrush. Fermented with 100% whole-cluster and aged all in neutral, larger barrels, this medium to full-bodied, dense and beautifully textured effort is superb now, yet should easily have 10-12 years of ultimate longevity. Drink now-2023. (JD)
(100% grenache): Deep red. Heady, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh raspberry, Asian spices, potpourri and white pepper, accented by a vibrant mineral topnote. Palate-staining juicy red fruit and floral pastille flavors pick up notes of star anise and cinnamon with aeration. Fine-grained tannins sneak up on the finish, which strongly echoes the red fruit and spice elements. (JR)
A juicy style, with bergamot, red currant, blood orange and raspberry coulis flavors, backed by fresh acidity. A lovely tobacco leaf note stitches up the finish. Shows good range and energy. Drink now through 2022. (JM)
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