Deep ruby core fading to pale ruby around the rim. Nose shows a combination of red and black fruit, hints of spice and oak. Not particularly expressive. Medium(+) acidity, medium velvety tannins, medium body. Well balanced, but lacks the complexity to be considered a vin de garde. At peak, drink it up.
Deep colour, staring to clear around the edges but still only hints of brick. Nose is a lot of blackcurrant and some spices. Palate is medium bodied with dark fruit and berry, some black pepper and maybe a hint of smoky licorice. Lingers pleasantly. Very enjoyable typical Rhone wine, will not suffer from a few more years of cellaring, but I doubt if it's worth the wait if you're not especially fond of mature wines. Guigal's prestige wines (Chateau d'Ampuis and up - certainly La Landonne, La Mouline and La Turque) can be stored almost for ever and are guaranteed to provide an extraordinary experience. In the lower price ranges you still get a lot for your money, but the wines are less long-lived. In my opinion this should be drunk within the next three to five years for maximum enjoyment.
Deep ruby core, pale ruby rim. Nose shows dark fruit, vanilla, notes of black olive and damp earth. Interesting but a bit surly and lacking in aromatic vibrancy. Palate is medium/full bodied, with ripe blackcurrant fruit, vanilla, spice, reasonbale acidity but slightly brawny with some chewy tannins on the medium/good length finish which shows some earth notes. Not bad but a touch unwieldy. Inconsistent notes.
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