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Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer E. GUIGAL
Assessed from a bottle purchased at the LCBO. This is another case of a newer vintage, in this case 2016, showing up an earlier release. The 2014 (***) with 91-points was released on February 3, 2018 at $42.95. I liked it a lot, but I wanted a bit more for my money. Well this is it. It’s riper with more mouthfeel, structure and length - definitely recommended and perhaps a best buy if you appreciate this style. It has a youthful deep intense purple colour. The nose is very atttractive with gently spicy, ripe plum-cherry-raspberry fruit with some faintly minty, gently savoury, sandalwood notes. Dry, medium to medium-full bodied, well structured, slightly spicy, intense, quite mouthfilling and yet balanced, bright, ripe plum-cherry flavours with a lingering, well balanced, harmonious finish with just a very faint hint of garrigue. This blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre has 15% alcohol and according to the LCBO 3 g/L residual sugar with lot number L2120203 on the lower part of the glass bottle. It spent 2 years in large oak foudres of which 50% was new oak. Personally, I think that the best is yet to come - it need more time in the bottle to come together - say at least another 12-24 months. CSPC 331900
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Vin Glo
Country France
Region Rhône
Rating ***(92.5 points)
Bright, Ripe, Youthful
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
TASTING NOTE: Guigal's 2016 Gigondas offers up a luscious mouthful of pomegranate and raspberry fruit. Sourced from higher elevations within the appellation, it's full-bodied and velvety, but it retains a paradoxical sense of lightness and remains easy to drink, adding hints of garrigue on the finish. Drink date: 2019-2030. Score - 92 (Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com, Dec. 19, 2019) Price $ 42.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - November 14, 2020
Cases bought 150 (12 bottles per case)

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Score:  - NOT PRESENTED  * Very Basic   *+ OK   ** Good   **/**+ Very Good   **+ Excellent   *** Outstanding   ***+ Superb

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