What a great surprise this wine was. It still had its original $8.99 pricetag. The cork fell apart of course, but the wine was all there and got better with air. I had the President of Emeritus Vineyards with me and he thought it was outstanding. Deep cherry fruit, and a great nose that got better and better.
The first bottle of a lot I recently acquired at auction. Tasted alongside the 1978 Brune et Blonde (see TN). Even at 32+ years of age, Guigal's "basic" Cote-Rotie was full of life. Ripe black cherry fruit, earth, herbs, dirt, blood, and tobacco. Slightly less complex and expansive than the 1978, but a wonderful and fascinating mature bottle. The tannins are fully resolved, but this is holding on well and not at all over-the-hill.
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