Deep colour, still fresh and needed time to open. Rich, complex palate with plums, prunes, cherries developing in the glass. Great balance/acidity. Long. Grand Union Wine Society Guigal tasting with Brett Crittenden
Not a very good wine, especially coming from the wizard of Northern Rhône. Even if this is a large scale production wine, I do expect more (and usually get more) from his cheaper bottlings too. Some earth and herbs on the nose, that was quite uninteresting and muted, even after 3 hours in a decanter. Not very expressive or interesting. The palate is quite thin & week, decent acidity and some signs of darker Syrah fruit, with a metallic thing on the finish that further ruins the overall impression. Not up to Guigal standard. I had two bottles that I have saved in the cellar since release. The first one opened tonight was corked, but I could find nothing wrong with this bottle, except for the content perhaps. Simple truth, this is what it is, and it will not get better.
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