Duration: 3 hours Aroma: cherry, rose, tar Condition: perfect Notes: this wine is still pretty young to drink despite 19 years of age. After 2 hours of decanting this wine reminds me of a bottle of Burgundy from cotes de nuits. This wine probably needs another 10-15 years to evolve. It's not the right time to give a fair comment now.
2015 Athens Wine Event (Aleria Restaurant, Athens): Second time we cross paths with this wine ( Last was Sep/09 Papies 95) and this time felt a touch less impressive and retrained. Very much a young wine and still needs tiem to develop (Maybe we were star gazing back then) Still quite a bit of oak dynamics, mocha on the nose and palate. Good extract but the wine is still very young and undeveloped ina way but not harsh or angular. Needs time. Note sure how to rate. But above 92 and hopefully time will help.
Tasted this alongside several other Guigal wines (La Londonne 1997, 2000, La Mouline, La Turque 2004, La Mouline 2006) and this was the wine of the evening by a short head. Soft tannins, well balanced, good finish.
Another Saturday at Knightsbridge - mostly blind (Northbrook, IL): Tasted double blind, this wine was a real head scratcher. Large scaled with firm spice and plenty of very fresh black fruit. It barely showed any Côte-Rôtie character or any Guigal character or any of the floral Viognier influence i would expect. No question this was a fascinating, charming wine, but I had enormous trouble identifying what it might be. At first I was convinced it was a very good, young Sine Qua Non!
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