November 23, 2021 - This Châteauneuf-du-Pape is relatively old-fashioned in style. It is not super-fruity, and its tannins are fairly crisp and firm, but the wine is still pleasant and refined on the palate. The wine reveals alluring and multidimensional notes of leather, smoke, tobacco, herbs, black pepper, ripe figs, plums, cherries and black berries. The overall character of this wine is dark, even "black". All in all, I can recommend this wine, and it will certainly evolve and improve even more during the years of cellaring.
October 5, 2021 - Slate, sweet spice, roast plum, fennel in finish. Very balanced.
June 20, 2021 - Initially rather stinging tannins, but they smoothed out in the decanter. Not a lot of fruit on the palate, but lovely earth, pepper and spice with a whiff of plum in the background.
May 1, 2021 - Off the list at the restaurant. It’s very young. Fruit dominant. Well made wine, but it could at least use a few more years. Primary and lots of berries.
April 19, 2021 - The wine looks ruby colored. The legs are slow. It smells like dust and oak. It tastes like oak, alcohol/hot, red currant and dust. The body is medium. The wine has coarse texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has medium acidity.
March 5, 2021 - Lukter av fruktige mørke bær, lett krydder og hint av fat. Rund og fruktig i munnen med en litt tørr utgang. Veldig drikkbar allerede, men ser frem til at avslutningen blir mer avslipt med årene.
February 10, 2021 - With some ripe fruit but a touch of green. Certainly at $50 its way the heck over.
September 19, 2020 - For the price, I was super disappointed. Guigal is a quality producer and while this was their lower end wine, it was definitely not worth the $45. Decanted for about 3 hrs. Needed it too. Violets, coffee grinds and dark fruit on the nose. Was just meh on the palate. looking forward to other guigal wines but not this one.
September 17, 2020 - Guigal's 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a deep ruby (approximate) blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and 5% other allowed varietals. Within one hour in decanter, it reveals an attractive bouquet of red bramble fruits, dark plums, Provençal herbs, Asian spices and hazelnuts. Medium-bodied, fresh, softly oaked and with medium sweet tannins, it delivers flavors mirroring the nose and throws no heat from its 15% alcohol. Solid in the middle and medium in length on the back end, this is an "easy drinker," yet it has enough stuffing to last throughout the decade. Drink now-2030.
September 9, 2020 - 2020 Guigal single vineyard cote rotie release dinner (Bel & Brio, Barangaroo): ON the nose it's slightly reductive initially, gamey and savoury, quite funky in fact but opens with time in the glass to show red berries, sweet spice and garrigue. In the mouth it's fleshy, red fruited, silky tannins, there is a very slight sourness here as well as some alcohol warmth on the finish. Hmm.