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Guigal - Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2016


  • Country: France
  • Wine Region: Rhône
  • Wine Area: Northern Rhône
  • Wine Maker: Marcel Guigal
  • Grape: Rhone Blend
  • Grape Percentage: 50% Syrah, 45 % Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Food Matching

Food Matching

A good all-purpose red, this is versatile when it comes to food and works well with meat and meaty fish in most preparations. Michel Roux, in his book Matching Food and Wine: Classic and Not So Classic Combinations, suggests a match of rare peppered tuna with ginger and sesame dressing.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 91 (2015) VS: 90 (2015) JR: 16.5+ (2015) WS: 88 (2015) JS: 89 (2015) WE: 90 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

Deep and dark red, notes of fresh fruits with red berries and spices. Full, round and racy with rounded and smooth tannins. A full-bodied, rich and intensely aromatic wine. Full with a long finish and plenty of elegance and finesse due to the well balanced tannins and fruit.

Winery Information


The Guigal firm was founded by Etienne Guigal in 1946 after 15 years at Vidal Fleury. Son Marcel has led the firm since 1961, and his unparalleled work ethic and dedication to quality have lifted the Guigal wines to the pinnacle of the wine world, and the Guigal domaine to its status as the leading winery from the Rhone Valley. Today, Marcel’s son Philippe serves as Director and Oenologist at Guigal, and with his father is carrying on the tradition of leadership in the Rhone Valley and.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015)91 pts

As usual, the 2015 Cotes du Rhone features a majority of Syrah, largely sourced from the western side of the Rhône. Spicy, peppery, hickory aromas lead off, adding berries up front and then moving into darker fruit and more savory notes of black olive by the finish. This medium to full-bodied wine finishes long and silky, avoiding any of the vintage's hard tannins, while still boasting the concentration to drink well through at least 2023.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2015)90 pts

Brilliant ruby. Vibrant cherry and cassis aromas are complicated by licorice, violet and floral nuances. Sappy, gently sweet dark fruit flavors show very good energy, and a peppery nuance adds lift and spicy bite. Finishes smoky and long, with supple tannins sneaking in late to add shape. (2015)16.5+ pts

Very flashy, glossy Syrah on the nose. Bit of treacle but great richness too. Great gloss and balance. Racy. Energetic. This doesn’t taste very like southern Rhône! They specialise in buying lots which others don’t want. They seek slow-maturing well-structured Syrahs. This will be a huge hit! No hurry to drink.

Wine Spectator (2015)88 pts

Inviting, with a charming whiff of lavender amid the warm and fleshy cherry and plum compote flavors. Shows a light mesquite echo on the finish. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre.

James Suckling (2015)89 pts

Very fleshy, plush and easy, red fruit with some blueberries and mixed plums. Abundant fruit here. The palate is fleshy, round and rich with raspberry and blueberry flavors and smooth tannins. A great vintage for this popular Côtes-du-Rhône. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast (2015)90 pts

Best Buy - Ripe but restrained, fruity yet elegant, this richly concentrated red offers luscious black cherry and berry flavors nuanced by hints of earth, smoke and spice. The palate is rich and fleshy but anchored by taut acidity and a finely edged backbone of tannins.

Vinification Notes

Traditional winemakeing methods, temperature controlled fermentation. Long soaking on the skins. Maturation : 1 ½ years in oak foudres.