Opened an hour prior. Dark garnet with fine suspended sediment. In future I'd decant this just for sediment control as the bottle has thrown quite a bit. Tertiary aromas on the bouquet with a crushed raspberry and tobacco note. Very refined and feminine on the palate - silky acidity gives immediate lift and the mid-palate is focused and complex with cherries, garrigue, and sandalwood and cigar leaf adding a spicy backdrop. Deft use of oak and very fine tannins on a long final.
This is drinking extremely well and is about as far away from what one might expect given the vintage in terms of stewed fruit and a lack of acidity. It is, I suspect, at peak now but on a very broad plateau. No hurry to drink but I would keep a close eye on these because it is absolutely superb at the moment and will one day start to be a little less spectacular.
Nice rhone. Mature, elegant, maybe even feminine. Came out of bottle nice on opening but lost something fairly quick and needed 30 min to an hour of air to open back up. Fruit in decline and tannins well rounded so drink up... I don't see any up side to holding.
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(GUIGAL COTE ROTIE BRUNE ET BLONDE) #1; COLOR-very dark; NOSE-Gorgeous, beautiful Pink rose; candy-esque (Fun Dip powder); one of the BEST noses in a while; TASTE-Kills it; by far the biggest body of the 3 wines; intense flavor of cherries, cassis & black raspberries; very velvety, explosive & rich; this is what wine is supposed to be - perfect balance of Old & New World; the Syrah is rich, pure & unmanipulated; very true to the Rhone; has the body & explosiveness that you look for in a very serious bottle of wine; green beans bouncing on my palate; little crouton/bready action on finish; you cannot find a silkier wine; just a fantastic CR; can last 7-15 years; great pairing w/ Duck; RP-90/93; GV-93
(Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde) A decent colour here, and with some round, sweet and rather young Syrah character on the nose. Rather soft on the palate, perhaps rather unfocused, and slightly hot, a vintage characteristic no doubt. Low acidity, and rather a firm tannic backbone. To me it seems very typical of the 2003 vintage. Hot fruit. It is decent, but there is not much more to say than that.
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