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E Guigal, Cote-Rotie, Northern Rhone, France, 2013

January 27, 2019

 

 

E Guigal, Cote-Rotie, Northern Rhone, France, 2013

 

Waitrose/Majestic - £40

 

Tasting date - 27/01/2018

 

 

Appearance - Deep ruby

 

Nose intensity - Pronounced  

 

Primary aroma - Black cherry, cassis, blackberry, plum and hint of black pepper

 

Secondary aroma - Toast, smoke, chocolate, coffee, clove, aniseed

 

Tertiary aroma - Cedar, dry leaves, forest floor, raisin

 

 

Sweetness - Dry

 

Acidity - Medium plus

 

Tannin and nature -  High, soft and smooth

 

Alcohol - Medium plus

 

Body - Full

 

 

Intensity - Pronounced

 

Primary flavours -  Black cherry, cassis, blackberry, plum, black pepper

 

Secondary flavours - Toast, smoke, chocolate, coffee, clove, aniseed

 

Tertiary flavours -  Cedar, dry leaves, forest floor, raisin

 

 

Finish - Long

 

Quality - Outstanding

 

 

Blind Tasting Logic

 

Quite a modern Cote-Rotie with plenty of new oak but may lack the distinct black pepper notes to automatically place it in its origin. If tasted alongside the previous Barossa Shiraz then it would have been easier to identify, also if it had been placed alongside a Condrieu or a lighter St Joseph then logic should bring you to the right conclusion.

 

One note is how to tell this apart from Cabernet Sauvignon; the softness of the tannin and the slightly weightier feel in the mouth should place closer to Shiraz. There is also no green pepper or minty notes you could expect from a Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

You could not realistically be expected to pull this wine apart from a Cornas or a Hermitage but if you wanted to then a Cornas should be slightly heavier with more alcohol, the tannins of the Hermitage are usually a little bit firmer and the flavours tend towards the savoury rather than super ripe.

 

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