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Guigal - Gigondas 2015

Information

  • Country: France
  • Wine Region: Rhône
  • Wine Area: Northern Rhône
  • Wine Maker: Marcel Guigal
  • Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grape Percentage: 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.00
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now-2023
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 92 (2015) VS: 91 (2015) JR: 16.5 (2012) WS: 93 (2015) JS: 93 (2015) WE: 91 (2009) W&S: 93 (2011)

Wine tasting notes

Marcel Guigal selects wines from small domaines to produce a blend which is true to the appellation, yet polished, refined, and capable of aging many years. Intense nose dominated by peach and apricot with liquorice and notes of undergrowth. Palate: Generous, powerful and full-bodied with a long elegant finish. Overall: A frank attack, racy with soft tannic structure.

Winery Information

Guigal

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)92 pts

Aged in second fill barrels, the 2015 Saint-Joseph is another huge success. Sourced from the southern end of this sprawling appellation, off granitic sites, it showcases aromas of crushed stones and discrete pencil shavings, which frame bright cherry notes. It's medium to full-bodied, poised and fresh, with lingering tart berry flavors on a long, stony finish

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2015)91 pts

Deep ruby. Smoky, mineral-accented cherry and dark berry liqueur aromas are complicated by hints of cola and licorice. Supple and broad on the palate, offering nicely concentrated blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter as the wine stretches out. A subtle floral pastille note comes up on the broad, clinging finish, which shows very good clarity and rounded tannins.

JancisRobinson.com (2012)16.5 pts

Nov 2013 - 'We like our Gigondas a little rustic compared with our more elegant Châteauneuf. We are Mourvèdre maniacs in Gigondas.' 20% Mourvèdre, 10-15% Syrah, the rest Grenache. Rich and spicy – a bit of a plum pudding that reminds me of a compote of blackberries. Lots of tannin underneath – much more than the northern Rhône 2012s.

Wine Spectator (2015)93 pts

Inviting, with a core of warm raspberry, fig and blackberry compote flavors inlaid liberally with roasted apple wood and anise notes. Shows brambly grip through the finish. Best from 2020 through 2028

James Suckling (2015)93 pts

This has some complex, smoked-meat aromas with an array of fragrant spices and peppery notes, as well as ripe, dark berries. The palate is powerful and yet elegant. This delivers a lot of dark-berry flavor in a fresh, sleek and powerful frame.

Wine Enthusiast (2009)91 pts

Even at four years of age, this shows great purity of fruit. Black cherries laced with garrigue mark the nose, while the cherries expand to coat the palate, adding hints of leather and baking spices. Ready to drink now, but it should easily last through 2020. — J.C. (10/1/2013)

Wine & Spirits (2011)93 pts

This feels regal and old-fashioned in the best way, a gruff, gravelly Gigondas made charming by its subdued fruit and sweet earthiness. Two years in oak foudres - half of them new - has added a brown-sugar richness to the fruit; any charry notes have been incorporated fully, turning the flavors toward roast meat. Firm and savory, this is a pleasure to drink now, and it's sure to age well over the next decade.

Vinification Notes

The wine sees a traditional lengthy maceration and two years of aging in oak foudres, of which 50% is new.