Cellared since release. Perfect cork and fill. Pop and pour, enjoyed over 3 hours. Dark red core, no noticeable lightening at rim. Voluptuous nose of red and black fruits, some earth and leather. Full-bodied, soft smooth palate-coating intensity, ripe fruits, good balance, loooong finish, should drink beautifully for years, outstanding.
HDH Auction (Tru - Chicago, IL): You can still taste/feel the oak used here. With 20 years, however, it has seemed to have integrated nicely. Definitely a rich, 20-year old Cote Rote, but it's got really good bones. There's some meat, but this is more floral and dark fruit. Pretty nice wine.
HDH auction tasting at Tru; 6/27/2014-6/28/2014 (Chicago, IL): Screw the haters. I love Guigal. A very, very juicy nose with tons of ripe but tart cherries. So alluring. The palate is a bit empty however, and lacking a bit of depth. There's huge structure here but the palate is what keeps this from becoming a complete package. Nevertheless, the nose on this is just so damn awesome, I'd be a happy camper smelling this all day long.
Much more of a beast than the 2000 we had next to it. Dark fruit, chocolate, smoked meats and a boatload of tannin on the finish. Full, rich, but this needs much more time to integrate--which I hope it will do.
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(Guigal Cote Rotie "La Mouline") La Mouline had a soaring nose hoisin sauce, bacon fat, violets, cinnamon and some high-octane oak. No hard edges on the palate but too sweet for me. Very well made but not my cup of tea.