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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 47 
ProducerE. Guigal (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
SubRegionSouthern Rhône
UPC Code(s)790559301009

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2013 (based on 35 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Guigal Chateauneuf du Pape on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.3 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 245 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by maxima on 7/19/2015 & rated 92 points: Pour terminer en beauté, avec un très beau plateau de fromage (digne de ce nom), rien de moins que le WOTW (Wine of the Year) #1 de Wine Spectator en 2002:
Belle matière, viande et poivre avec une belle minéralité, superbe en ce moment, une bien belle bouteille de Bordeaux70, thanks buddy!
…et dire que ce vin a été payé une cinquantaine de $ dans le temps. (159 views)
 Tasted by Wine Canuck on 6/5/2015 & rated 92 points: Some Grilling with the Toronto Cru (Toronto, ON): Here is another wine I had low expectations for. I've found so many wines in the Southern Rhone hot and stewed, I figured if you add the hot vintage this must be overdone, right? I've also never really had a Guigal CdP I've loved. This was actually quite good! It pours translucent with a ruby core and moderate bricking with orange flecks toward the rim. The nose is fully mature with leather, farmyard, nutshells, old wet hay, forest undergrowth, cigar, strawberry jam, optimally ripe raspberries and quite lot of mixed brown spices. Evidently there is a touch of brett here that I am digging. The palate features medium minus tannin and medium acid. Fairly balanced, with only slightly elevated alcohol noted. Quite good, if a tad rustic. (429 views)
 Tasted by John Nezlek on 12/31/2014 & rated 92 points: Similar to the bottle I had in July 2013. Excellent bottle in its prime. I see no reason to rush but also no reason to wait. I do not think it will be getting any better. Opened a bit before drinking (no decant) and the wine opened and improved through the bottle. Rich and satisfying. Classic CDP palate of flavors. (1186 views)
 Tasted by hchyczij on 12/20/2014 & rated 89 points: Tasted good smelt like manure! Not loved by the group (1143 views)
 Tasted by franm on 6/22/2014 & rated 93 points: Cheers- bottle 3 of 6 and the best one yet. Not sure why this one was better than the first 2, but this bottle was delicious. I decanted it again, after 2 hrs it was fantastic. Might be interesting to hold one or two of these for at least 3 more years. (2575 views)
 Tasted by d'Artagnan on 6/2/2014 & rated 90 points: Ch9 2003 guigal

Même en négoce, Guigal sait faire.

Ce 2003 est un modèle de buvabilité. Avec ses jolis arômes de kirsch, de fraises, orange sanguine et de garrigue, il est de corps moyen, sans aucun excès de chaleur . Un vin typé, pas très complexe mais bien savoureux, d’un très bel équilibre, avec une jolie finale épicée. Très bon, il est à maturité et s’y maintiendra sans doute pour 5 ans et plus. 90 pts (2597 views)
 Tasted by Urodude on 3/30/2014 & rated 91 points: Drinking great now. Still time left (2831 views)
 Tasted by FredStone on 2/16/2014 & rated 87 points: Très joli nez de fruits rouges mûrs, en bouche cerise et framboise. N'a rien donné de plus à l'aération.
Très bon, mais j'attendais un peu mieux de cette bouteille. (2425 views)
 Tasted by ragtop on 2/16/2014 & rated 91 points: - Garnet color. It's somewhat balanced with a full body. Flabby texture with a medium finish. (2313 views)
 Tasted by franm on 1/26/2014 & rated 92 points: cheers....I disagree that this wine should have been drank by 2013; it has mellowed and tastes better than ever. I did decant this one; unlike the last time. It was delicious with a ribeye and later a delice de bourgogne.

Interestingly, I had the 2005 Guigal Chateauneuf last night; I loved that wine, this one was even better. Then again, the 2005 might not peak for another 5 years. Man, these are really nice wines. (1427 views)
 Tasted by eschaefer on 1/1/2014 & rated 90 points: Brick red. Powerful bouquet of dried cherry, plum and roasted herbs de Provence. Tannins are perfectly integrated right now, but I still sense some longevity as the acidity is good. Long lingering finish. Excellent and highly recommended. (1560 views)
 Tasted by bestdamncab on 11/18/2013 & rated 91 points: Lovely nose of black cherry fruit with hints of smoke, barnyard, bacon and spice, more of the same on the palate, medium body, and medium finish, at its peak, would drink over next three years. No first place votes , my third of four Rhones tasted. (1596 views)
 Tasted by europat55 on 10/10/2013 & rated 89 points: From a 375ml. (1732 views)
 Tasted by Vinum Bellator on 9/30/2013 & rated 87 points: Light - little fruit or tannins. If you have some try them now. Will not go any farther. (1750 views)
 Tasted by Claudio Borges on 8/29/2013 & rated 89 points: No limite, ja passou um pouco do apice. (1929 views)
 Tasted by John Nezlek on 7/13/2013 & rated 91 points: Just perfect. I let this bottle breathe for 30 minor or so, which I think was necessary --no decant. Over the course of the meal, it developed nicely. Rich and smooth.just excellent in all regards. I expect that this wine will not get better over time, although there is no rush to drink it tomorrow. Splendid CDP. (2020 views)
 Tasted by cweiner on 6/14/2013 & rated 85 points: Past (1983 views)
 Tasted by mgl on 4/15/2013 & rated 90 points: Very different than the Calif & Australian wines that we are used to drinking. Had a lot of earth tones to it. A little on the light side but incredible flavor (2252 views)
 Tasted by Lobonick on 3/29/2013 & rated 92 points: Easily one of my favorite wines. Deep and rich with beautiful secondary flavors--earthy and funky and aromatic. Just gorgeous, but without having lost any of the rich jamminess that this wine showed in its youth. It's a complex smokiness on the nose and a long finish. Just beautiful! (2224 views)
 Tasted by marka on 3/15/2013 & rated 87 points: This bottle, at least, is past prime time. Not much to it. THe highlight was some earthiness and fruit that was fading. It did, however, go well with the blts. (2062 views)
 Tasted by JavaMonkey on 2/3/2013 & rated 90 points: Medium ruby red. Blackberry, cedar, herbs, loam. Medium weight, nice balance, the age has developed some interesting character and depth. Better now than it was a few years ago. Probably at it's peak. (2124 views)
 Tasted by Tarokun on 1/27/2013 & rated 91 points: Decanted for 30 minutes - nearing its end of life, but still good.. paired well with both light apps and venison/lamb combo.... finish is still good, but the fruit is wearing out.... would recommend drinking soon if you have any left. Overall, still quite good.. (1974 views)
 Tasted by franm on 1/1/2013 & rated 90 points: cheers, I love southern Rhone wines, as Cotes du Rhones are my go-to every day wines. Drinking a Chateauneuf is special, and Guigal does it right. This wasn't the best vintage ever, but this 2003 is a really nice wine that should hold well for another 3-5 years, I think. It did open up a bit after an hour, I should have decanted it, but didn't think it would be worth it. Not much sediment at all. (1832 views)
 Tasted by ppaluszewski on 12/26/2012 & rated 91 points: Previously as noted. Drinking very well right now, probably at peak, but a few more years left. The barnyard notes eventually blow off and subtle dark fruit, earth, and a touch of cedar emerge. Soft, but present tannins. 90-92 pts. PJP 2012. (1537 views)
 Tasted by fournet on 11/15/2012 & rated 92 points: Probably just bottle variation, but this was better than the bottle I had in the spring. Previous note is accurate, except the alcohol is not as evident this time, which is a plus for my taste. Solid CdP. Nice QPR. (2246 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2007, IWC Issue #130
(E. Guigal Chateauneuf du Pape) Subscribe to see review text.
By Gary Vaynerchuk
Wine Library TV, Chateauneuf Du Pape Tasting, Episode #330 (10/9/2007)
(GUIGAL CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE ROUGE) #3; VaynerPAZZZ; COLOR-nice; NOSE-awkward; hint of asphalt; earthy/manure aspect; rounded w/ minty Eucalyptus component….weird; TASTE-raspberry component; beef blood component; round cinnamon component which is nice; this wine has ADD (completely bouncing all over); disappointing, hollow on the mid-palate; finish is long, but I don't like the flavor; this wine is NON-delicious; decent mouthfeel; W&S-95; GV-86  86 points
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E. Guigal

Producer website - Read more about E. Guigal Chateauneuf du Pape
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2003 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape

80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 5% Mourvèdre and others from 45 year-old vines. A deep dark red in the glass with aromas of spices and mature red fruits. In the mouth, round tannins with powerful complexity. A rich unctuous wine with notes of mature plums, hazelnuts and red fruits. A very rich wine full of harmony and balance.

Red Rhone Blend

Read about the different grapes used to produce red and white Rhone wines
On CellarTracker, Red Rhone Blend is the term for a wine consisting of two or more of the traditional 13 Southern Rhone grape varieties. Typically it's the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault grapes, but can also contain the Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Picardan or Vaccarese grapes.

A 'food' wine. Lacking pretension and intended for local consumption with local cuisine. Lacks the 'high' notes on a Bordeaux, more earthy and sharper so often a better partner to meat dishes with a sauce.


Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)


Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Southern Rhône

Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Southern Rhone Valley

WA: 2011 88R / 2010 98T / 2009 93E/ 2008 86R / 2007 98E / 2006 92R / 2005 95T / 2004 88R / 2003 90I / 2002 58C / 2001 96T / 2000 98E

### 2005 ###
In southern Rhone, 2005 was a below average sized crop, because of continuing drought and the fact that there are so many old vineyards where low yields are the rule of thumb even in an abundant year. While 2005 is truly an excellent vintage in the south, I do not believe it is a compellingly great vintage, because it has more in common with beefed up, improved version of 1995 than with what I consider an irrefutably great vintage like 1998, 2001 or even 2000. Certainly the wines have plenty of structure and possess fresher, more vibrant acidities than most years provide. The top wines also display impressive levels of concentration. However all the 2005s tend to reveal a certain firmness, and if the grapes were picked too soon, or the vinification/upbringing were not carefully handled, there is a toughness and austerity to the tannins that ultimately will prove to be problematic. Nevertheless, there is an ocean of top wines.

### 2007 ###
The 2007 vintage in Southern France was wonderful. Here is what controversial Robert M. Parker (Wine Advocate Issue 179) said about it, “Throughout the southern Rhône, 2007 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in my thirty years working in that region. I think of 2007 as a hypothetical blend of an opulent, powerful, sumptuous year such as 1990, and a cooler draught vintage such as 2001. The cool weather and the remarkable three weeks of Mistral in September that concentrated the grapes without any spikes of high heat appears to have given the 2007s an aromatic dimension and freshness that I have rarely witnessed. Combine that with wines that are substantial, powerful, and relatively high in alcohol, with super depth of fruit! These are very aromatic wines of great concentration, freshness, laser-like focus, and amazing purity as well as depth. It is the vintage of my lifetime for this region, and I don’t say that lightly.”

### 2010 ###
Robert Parker, on the 2010 vintage:
"Some producers think 2010 eclipses 2007 because of the wines' vivid freshness and focus. Throughout the southern Rhône, the hallmarks of the vintage are very dense purple, sometimes even blue/black colors as well as higher acid levels that have not been seen since 2004 and 2001. In fact, 2010's paradox is that I can't remember a vintage so concentrated, powerful and rich that also has such zesty acidity. The 2010s will have significant aging potential, which is obvious in the level of tannins, but the tannins are sweet with exceptional elegance and finesse. The ratio of high extractive and phenolic skins to the juice has produced wines of extraordinary intensity, freshness, aromatic potential and obvious longevity. This is another great vintage that offers an embarrassment of riches for this region that has enjoyed a succession of extraordinary years."

### 2011 ###
- "has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year…" -Wine Spectator
- "fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers…" -Stephen Tanzer
- “we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages." -Michel Chapoutier on how 2011 is a combination of the 2009 and 2010 vintage
- The 2011 Southern Rhone Region was Rated 89-92 by Wine Spectator's Vintage Chart!

(By Wine Spectator
2011 Vintage Report: France
A first look at vintage quality in French wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers
Posted: November 14, 2011
Rhône Valley
The 2011 harvest has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year, though a handful rued some late rains and heat that blemished what could have been a perfect growing season.

By Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011 and 2010 Southern Rhone Wines
By Josh Raynolds
Jan/Feb 2013
"...fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers who lack the facilities or patience for long-term storage.
Fans of graceful, fruit-driven Rhone wines will find plenty to like from 2011 and, as was the case in 2008, 2006 and 2004…"

By vitabella.fr
Michel Chapoutier on 2011 in Rhone Valley: A detailed Early Report
26 Octobre 2011
The tastings of the 2011 vintage have recently given an opportunity for Michel Chapoutier to give his first impressions of the quality of this vintage for the appellations of the Rhone Valley. Prior to the presentation of each appellation, he noted that "after a warm and sunny 2009 vintage that resulted in the exuberance of grape varieties, 2010 was a fresher year with slow maturities which generally gave tense wines - to those who were able to wait for the phenolic maturity - some mineral wines, elegant with an outward expression of the soil, we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages. "
"This 2011 harvest in Rhone Valley was both early and late: a real paradox!"

By Wine Spectator’s Vintage Chart
Southern Rhone
Vintage: 2011
Score: 89-92
Drink Rec: NYR
Description: Warm spring, but cool, wet weather in July and August led to uneven ripening; Indian summer saved the vintage. Grenache is light, but Syrah and Mourvèdre strong, so blending key; there will be some excellent wines, but heterogenous from domaine to domaine.)


Châteauneuf-du-Pape Appellation - Read more about Chateauneuf du Pape

Another site on this appellation
Vineyards on weinlagen-info

"As I have written many times in the past, the sweet spot for drinking Châteauneuf du Papes is usually the first 5-6 years after the vintage. Then they seem to go through an adolescent, awkward, and sometimes dormant stage, only to re-emerge around year 10-12, where the majority of wines are often fully mature. The best of them will continue to hold on to life (but rarely improving) beyond 15-20 years. It is only the exceptional Châteauneuf du Papes that will evolve for 20-25+ years, and those are indeed a rarity. However, things may be improving dramatically in terms of the longevity of Châteauneuf du Pape, although Grenache-dominated wines, the vast majority of wines produced in the appellation, are wines that do not have the polyphenol (extract and tannin) content of top Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, or Syrah-based wines. Nevertheless, the younger generation in Châteauneuf du Pape has taken seriously the farming in the vineyards. There are more organic and biodynamically run vineyards here than in any other appellation of France. The yields, which were already low, are even lower today (20-35 hectoliters per hectare), and of course, the proliferation of top luxury and/or old-vine cuvées gives a significant boost to the number of wines that will evolve past 25 or 30 years. The advantage of these wines is their broad window of drinkability." ( Robert Parker )

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