I did not decant it, given the comments of others. Initially it appeared over its prime. in 30-45 minutes the bouquet expanded to a wonderful earthy, musty and significant aroma. Very enjoyable in the palate. Big with cherry and dark berry flavors... Drink now(2014).
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(E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde) Medium dark brick red with pale meniscus; bacon, black tea and olive nose; tasty, light-medium bodied, with a palate of bacon, smoked meat, tart red fruit and a touch of liquid pepper, drinking like it's at its peak; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.
(Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde) This is a darker wine, with much less evidence of age on the colour. There is a floral, fragrant edge to the fresh black fruits present on the nose. With some black pepper and a hint of rubber, this is classic Côte Rôtie. It has a lovely structure, with firm tannins and balanced acidity keeping it fresh. Plenty of youthful, powerful blackberry fruit becomes apparent as the wine develops in the glass, although some of the floral notes disappear. It holds its own much longer than the other wines in the flight, though. Great length.
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