We attempted to open a bottle of this wine; the cork on the first bottle was defective, and the top half of it broke into pieces...we could not remove the bottom half of the cork, no matter what we tried. So, we opened a second bottle, and this rating is for that one.
I was astonished, to find at first pour, a wine that tasted very young and primary, despite 15 years in the bottle. But we did not lose patience, and, making successive small pours, swirled the wine in our glasses quite a bit; and, gradually the wine revealed itself, to show a very pleasant, perfumy, feminine expression of Cote-Rotie. The nose still is restrained (once one gets past the Brett by swirling), but the palate expresses lots of flowers, raisins, cigar box, and complex minerality. This is a Cinderella of a wine that needs a Prince Charming to whirl her around on the dance floor in order to show herself in the best light. 88 upon pop-and-pour, 92 after aeration.
Tasted in Jan. 2012 as part of a mini-vertical of E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie vintages 99, 97, and 95. This was far and away my favorite vintage of the three, and most others participating the tasting agreed. The nose was downright stunning, with a veritable bouquet of purple flowers - lilacs, lavender, violets, lilies. Also some earthy geranium in there. So elegant and feminine but with a bold robustness to it as well. Over the course of an hour in the glass, the aromas just kept getting better and better, losing none of its intensity at any point. Very mineral-driven flavor offering up acres of terroir to enjoy. Soft, integrated tannins, deftly balanced with a healthy stripe of acidity. Simply amazing.
absolutely wonderful nose- smokey, meaty. mouth with good balance but some bitterness on the finish. not as complex as i would like, I kept reaching for more, but never got any. but still a very good wine.
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