Decanted for 2 hours. Lovely nose of sun, garrigue, and just a little menthol. Moderate fruit, a decent mid-palate, but the finish just disappeared, nothing there. Surprisingly hot - bottle said 12.5ABV but it tasted closer to 14-15.
16/20 VISUEL: carmin OLFACTIF: éclatant et généreux. Intense et fruité. Résolument racé avec des notes animales. GUSTATIF: Que c'est bon ça ! Intense avec un équilibre irréprochable ( animal, fruité) Excellente vivacité (presque énervé par moment même....) J'aime beaucoup. Tanins gouleyants. La vivacité étonne après tout de même 9 ans (2002) Délicieux ! ENSEMBLE Mais à 76$c à la SAQ.....
I liked this more then I expected. First it was reportedly a crappy vintage, and Guigal has a rep for using a lot of new oak. The wine was certainly of its place, N Rhone syrah in the nose and mouth. Some violet florals and red fruit, a little black pepper spice. The fruit tannin seemed resolved and there was a little oak tannin left. Fairly bright acidity, which was welcome and not too much. There was some oak present, in the sweetness up front and the dry tannin at the finish. Overall better then expected and not difficult to drink.
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