2012 Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde
Syrah - 750ML
  • JS 94
  • VN 93
  • WA 92
  • WS 92
  • WE 91
  • DC 90

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In Stock: 0 btls
Ships Immediately

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ETA: Nov. 2019

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JS 94
jamessuckling.com, October 2016
Bottled as a single blend in 2012, this has a fine, peppery edge to the nose with elegant dark-chocolate aromas ahead of brambly dark plums and black-cherry fruits. There's a wealth of richness and power here, and it's so... Bottled as a single blend in 2012, this has a fine, peppery edge to the nose with elegant dark-chocolate aromas ahead of brambly dark plums and black-cherry fruits. There's a wealth of richness and power here, and it's so layered and dense. A wine that shows a smooth build of fine and even tannin. The gentle pepperiness cracks into the finish, where there's another warm dark chocolate afterglow. This spent 36 months in oak, of which 50% was new. Best from 2018 and for at least a decade afterwards.
VN 93
Vinous, March 2016
(raised in 50% new oak for 18 months): Saturated ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes black and blue fruit liqueur, incense and fresh flowers, and notes of smoky minerals, vanilla and licorice adds complexity. Coats the... (raised in 50% new oak for 18 months): Saturated ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes black and blue fruit liqueur, incense and fresh flowers, and notes of smoky minerals, vanilla and licorice adds complexity. Coats the palate with sweet cherry-vanilla and blueberry flavors given lift and cut by zesty acidity and a hint of cracked pepper. Finishes on a gently tannic note, showing excellent lift and floral-driven tenacity.- JR
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2016
The 2012 Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde shows the sexy, charming, forward style of the vintage and gives up lots of raspberry, flowers and olive characteristics, medium to full-bodied richness, and sweet, supple tannin on the... The 2012 Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde shows the sexy, charming, forward style of the vintage and gives up lots of raspberry, flowers and olive characteristics, medium to full-bodied richness, and sweet, supple tannin on the finish. It’s going to dish out tons of pleasure over the coming decade.- JD
WS 92
Wine Spectator, September 2016
This offers a distinctive set of alder and olive aromas before giving way to a slightly taut core of bitter cherry, plum and red currant fruit. Lovely bay and leather accents hang on the background, leading to a long... This offers a distinctive set of alder and olive aromas before giving way to a slightly taut core of bitter cherry, plum and red currant fruit. Lovely bay and leather accents hang on the background, leading to a long, grippy finish that exudes a slightly perfumy sandalwood note. Best from 2017 through 2027. 500 cases imported.–JM
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast, March 2017
The 2012 vintage was reasonably warm, and this wine is ripe and creamy in texture, with ground clove and cracked pepper notes accenting plummy fruit. Vanilla and bacon notes chime in on the slightly dusty finish. Drink... The 2012 vintage was reasonably warm, and this wine is ripe and creamy in texture, with ground clove and cracked pepper notes accenting plummy fruit. Vanilla and bacon notes chime in on the slightly dusty finish. Drink now–2025.
DC 90
Decanter, January 2015
Juniper, clove and some earthy, woodland, resinous aromas. The palate also carries the imprint of flowers, bright acidity, good concentration and smoky spices with a long finish. Juicy yet savoury with a dry finish... Juniper, clove and some earthy, woodland, resinous aromas. The palate also carries the imprint of flowers, bright acidity, good concentration and smoky spices with a long finish. Juicy yet savoury with a dry finish. Read more at https://www.decanter.com/wine-reviews/france/rhone/e-guigal-cote-rotie-brune-et-blonde-rhone-france-2011-22744#jTWdS1Juj6YgedzB.99
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2012

Winery

Guigal

The Guigal Estate was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in Ampuis, a small ancient village and cradle of the Cote-Rotie appellation. It shelters a unique vineyard where the vines and the wines have been famous for 2,400 years. Arriving in the region in 1924 at the age of 14, Etienne began his career at Vidal-Fleury, participating in its development and working his way up to the position of cellar-master before leaving to establish his own company. He has vinified 67 harvests in Cote-Rotie.

In 1961, although still very young, Marcel Guigal took over management of the establishment from his father who was stricken suddenly with total blindness. In 1973, his wife Bernadette joined him and they worked together to develop the family business. In 1975, their son Philippe was born and is today the estate’s winemaker. With his wife Eve, he represents the third generation to continue the family business, in the service of the great wines of the Rhone Valley.

Their hard work and perseverance enabled them to purchase the Vidal-Fleury Establishment in the mid ‘80s and in 1995, they acquired the famous Chateau d’Ampuis, an ancient fort built in the 12th century, later repurposed into a Renaissance chateau during the 16th century. In a state of neglect and terrible disrepair, Guigal has taken on a colossal renovation, spanning nearly 11 years with over 100 people working on the project.

The Chateau d’Ampuis has become the headquarters of the Guigal Estate while the offices and the cellars remain in the ancient small village of Ampuis. While their vineyards span the length and breadth of what the Rhone Valley offers, the heart of the winery’s production is still Cote-Rotie, whose ultimate expression can be found in Guigal’s most famous releases: La Landonne, La Turque, and La Mouline.