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| ||Tasted by Axone on 12/1/2012 & rated 88 points: Bon vin mais ayant clairement dépassé son apogée.|
Manque de puissance mais pas mal de finesse. (2317 views)
| ||Tasted by Henman on 9/1/2011 & rated 91 points: Cork still in in good shape.Aired in the glass ca ½ hour.Nose showed some funk and pine forest.Still vibrant palate,delivering funk,a little smoke,pine needles,a little pepper and dark sweet fruit.Tannins are mellowing but still firm.This is singing beautifully right now, and should have some years ahead. (2820 views)|
| ||Tasted by Khamen on 6/17/2011 & rated 90 points: Fully mature and properly stinky old syrah nose. Very leathery with sprinkles of cracked black perppercorns and autumn bonfires. Fruit is just about hanging in there lending a touch of blackcurrant liqueur, but the (nicely balanced) secondaries take centre stage. Really good with roast belly pork. (3324 views)|
| ||Tasted by Will on 4/3/2011: Great wine - fruit has almost disappeared but has been replaced by a wonderful nose of old Côte-Rôtie with black olives, coffee, leather. Maybe a tad disappointing on the palate but very long finish. Sadly my last and only bottle. (3118 views)|
| ||Tasted by IAMVLAD on 2/19/2011 & rated 92 points: sadly, my last bottle. fruit is thinking of starting to fade . wonderful cote rotie black pepper taste. (3100 views)|
| ||Tasted by Lombardi on 2/17/2011 & rated 92 points: This was great wine. If you have the opportunity of drinking do not let pass. There's very complex developed syrah nose and palate. The structure of the wine is great and it has a long finish. This may not be Guigal's 1st tier wine but, as also exemplified by the 1983, it's a fantastic wine. (1728 views)|
| ||Tasted by Deffawa on 12/20/2009 & rated 90 points: Still young, great wine. Berries, burnt rubber, lasting finish (1845 views)|
| ||Tasted by IAMVLAD on 7/30/2008 & rated 91 points: if i had rated this when first opened, i would have given it a 78 and suggested that it was way past prime. i put in under vacuuvin and tried it again 2 days later. boy, did it open up. wonderful black pepper and roasted fruit. very rich and very enjoyable. (2115 views)|
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Syrah Varietal article (Wikipedia) | (Wines Northwest)
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Rhône 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)
Northern Rhône Guide to the wines and appellations of the Northern Rhone Valley -
The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)
Phocaean Greeks established viticulture in the Rhone as far back as 600 BC, but until the 14th century the wines were not seen outside the region. The establishment of the Avignonese Papacy (1305-1377) brought fame to the region's wine-so much so that their Burgundian neighbors to the north banned wines from the Rhone in 1446, a measure that effectively cut off trade with England and other Northern European markets for over 200 years. Stretching southward from Lyon to just south of Avignon, the Rhone produces a wide variety of wines, with the appellations north of Valence producing the least (in volume), and the towns south of Montelimar producing prodigious amounts. As in other regions, the most interesting wines come from small farms. Saint-Joseph, in the northern Rhone, extends for some distance between Condrieu in the north to Saint-Peray in the south. The reds are made from Syrah and the rare whites from Marsanne and Rousanne, and Viognier.
2013 Vintage Notes:
"Philippe Guigal has described this year’s fruit from the northern Rhône as “astonishing” in quality, in sharp contrast to reports of a problematic vintage in the southern part of the valley and elsewhere in France."
Côte-Rôtie Guide to Cote Rotie - Read about the Northern Rhone Valley
• The Appellation cover three communes - Saint-Cyr-sur-Rhône, Ampuis and Tupin-Semons - on the right Rhône river bank, within the Rhône "département".
• Soils : In the northern part of the vineyard, the Côte Brune, consists of extremely steep, terraced slopes of ferruginous mica schists which are covered with schist sand (arzel).The Côte Blonde has a varied geology with gneiss and granite predominating at the most southern side of the appellation.
• Climate : tempered continental. Dry, hot summers and frequent rainfalls during the other seasons. History : one of the oldest vineyards in France, first developed by the Romans. It is said that during the Middle Ages, "The Seigneur de Maugiron" bequeathed a hillside to each of his daughters, one was brunette and the other fair. Thus, were born the names of "Côte Brune" and "Côte Blonde".
• Area planted : 230 hectares (568 acres), for an annual production of 8,400 hectoliters (93,333 cases). Authorized maximum yield is 40 hectoliters/hectare (2,3 US tons/acre).
• Grape Varieties : Syrah (80% minimum). An addition of up to 20% of Viognier grapes in the crop is allowed.
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