2010 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape SKU #1243563


RP 93 VN 93 W&S 93
WS 92
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K&L Notes

Guigal still remains the benchmark by which most Rhone producers are measured. Consistently pulling in the highest scores for their icon wines in the northern Rhone, probably their greatest workhorse and best value lies in the south with this Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Every year it receives high accolades, even taking home a Wine Spectator "Wine of the Year" award for the 1999 release. The 2010 is utterly delicious and approachable, ranking with some of their best vintage releases to date, including 2007, 2001 and dare we say the legendary wine of the year 1999!

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  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    One of the truly exceptional vintages of the last twenty years. Rich and fragrant nose, full of blackberry and ripe, red fruit with sligh notes of cedar and black pepper. A touch of bacon fat and raucous acdity give way to tighly focused fruit. Nicely structured, young to be sure, but still accessible after a bit of decanting. A well built power-house of a wine with a resonating finish.
  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    K&L Staff Member
    For such a large, famous winery, Guigal still surprises with its refusal to conform to trends. Eschewing the steroidal fruit and extraction common in this category these days, Guigal is producing well-balanced, deeply complex old-world style Chateauneuf. Classic aromas and flavors of cassis, figs, black raspberry, minty herbs and anise, sandalwood, black pepper, and a swirl of warm spices close out the finish. Still a baby, this bottle could use another 5-7 years in the cellar. Pair with a rack of lamb with mint chimichurri.
  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    We never can get enough Chateauneuf, especially ones with a few yawning years behind them, having bided their time, waiting for the sudden turn of the knife and twist of the screw. Once released, they often remain reticent, cautious, as they are finally allowed to relax and unravel their veiled charms in the glass. And this Chateauneuf-du-Pape opened slowly, revealing after several hours in the decanter a delicate finesse and suppleness to the pitch-perfect red berried fruit, Provencal herbs, smoky tea and seasonal spice notes, with well-rendered tannins and a wonderful savory finish. A super value in a superb vintage from this renowned producer, drink now or cellar for another decade. Cheers!
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    It's so nice that Guigal has the foresight to release this wine with a little bottle age on it. With most producers on to 2013 and just releasing 2014, you get something with a couple more years on it and from a great vintage to boot! The wine is classic Chateauneuf with flavors of roasted cherries, oolong tea, dried blueberries, potpourri, thyme and north African spices. Beautiful perfume and balanced on the palate this wine is perfect for seekers of immediate pleasure and those willing to wait for a few more years.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2010 Guigal Chateauneuf du Pape is such an excellent buy! It delivers amazing aromas of rich, dark fruit with a shade of baking spices and vanilla. Then, on the palate the fruit brightens up and comes alive, blending perfectly with medium-bodied tannins to create a lush wine that's big enough that you know you can hang onto it for several years, but balanced and structured enough so that it is also delicious NOW. I've definitely been less satisfied by more expensive CDPs, making this a MUST BUY if you like the style.


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