2018 Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde

Syrah - 750ML
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JS 95 JD 94 VN 94 WE 93 WS 93 W&S 92 WA 91
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, February 2022

All of the classic Cote-Rotie aromas (leather, smoked bacon, spices and black cherry) pour from the glass of this rich and fleshy wine. Very silky texture, in spite of the generous, fine tannins, which build beautifully...
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, February 2022

Another incredible base wine is the 2018 Côte Rôtie Brune Et Blonde, which comes from multiple terroirs spread throughout the appellation. It shines for its elegance and finesse and is more medium-bodied, yet brings...
VN 94

Vinous, December 2022

Opaque violet color. Smoke-accented cherry, dark berry preserve, fruitcake and incense aromas are complemented by suggestions of vanilla, olive and baking spices. Fleshy and expansive in the mouth, offering alluringly...
WE 93

Wine Enthusiast, May 2023

Approachable and gentle, this wine has a dense core of brambly black and red berries, oak spice, warm earth and a stone minerality. It is balanced with round tannins, making the wine enjoyable now but it has enough...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, February 2022

This pushes lots of alder, incense and singed tobacco notes to the fore, with commensurate cherry and red currant paste flavors following behind that, finishing with perfume and red tea accents. This is not shy with its...
W&S 92

Wine & Spirits, February 2022

Guigal’s basic Côte-Rôtie is dark and ripe in 2018, with an earthy blackness under the vanilla notes of new oak. It’s smooth and velvety, even as a prickle of acidity adds a frisson of energy to its rich cherry fruit.
WA 91

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2022

While the 2018 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde comes across as being slightly less complex than the 2017, it's also fruitier and more overtly charming. Cherries and berries abound in this supple, medium to full-bodied effort...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Cote Rotie
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

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.

The 2018 Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde is a red wine crafted from Syrah grapes in the Cote Rotie appellation of Northern Rhone, France. With an alcohol content of 14.0%, this wine is sealed with a traditional cork closure and showcases the expertise of the renowned producer, Guigal.

This vintage has garnered impressive reviews from several prominent wine critics. Jeb Dunnuck awarded it a score of 94, highlighting its "elegance and finesse" and noting that it is "medium-bodied, yet brings beautiful fruit, seamless tannins, and classic Côte Rôtie aromas and flavors." Dunnuck also praised the wine's longevity, suggesting it will drink brilliantly for the next 10-15 years (jebdunnuck.com, 2/16/2022).

James Suckling gave the wine an excellent score of 95, describing it as rich and fleshy with classic Cote-Rotie aromas including "leather, smoked bacon, spices and black cherry." He praised its "very silky texture" and noted the "generous, fine tannins" which build beautifully at the long, complete finish (jamessuckling.com, 2/9/2022).

Wine Spectator's review, which scored the wine 93, mentioned its bold flavors of "alder, incense and singed tobacco," complemented by "cherry and red currant paste flavors." The wine's oak treatment was particularly noted as being "very nicely done" (Wine Spectator, 2/28/2022).

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate scored it 91, pointing out that while it may be slightly less complex than the 2017 vintage, it is "fruitier and more overtly charming," with abundant cherries and berries (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 2/11/2022).

Wine Enthusiast's Anna-Christina Cabrales gave the wine a score of 93, describing it as "approachable and gentle," with a dense core of "brambly black and red berries, oak spice, warm earth and a stone minerality." She noted its balance and round tannins, making it enjoyable now but also suitable for cellaring well past 2030 (Wine Enthusiast, 5/1/2023).

Vinous also awarded it a score of 94, highlighting its "opaque violet color" and "smoke-accented cherry, dark berry preserve, fruitcake and incense aromas." The wine's "alluringly sweet red and blue fruit, exotic spice and dark chocolate flavors" were noted for their clarity and spicy cut on the long, smooth finish (Vinous, 12/22/2022).

In summary, the 2018 Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde is a well-constructed Syrah with a balance of elegance, fruitiness, and complex flavors, making it a commendable choice for both immediate enjoyment and long-term cellaring.