e. guigal, cote rotie, brune et blonde 2017
JEB DUNNUCK
92
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
91

2017 e. guigal, cote rotie, brune et blonde

Why We're Buying

E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde is the yardstick by which others Rhône syrah is measured. This offering has forward red fruit, spice, and oak aromas with a supple body and balance that would impress a Cirque du Soleil performer. Best of all, it's an affordable entry point for anyone who wants a piece of the legendary E. Guigal estate.

Critics Scores

JEB DUNNUCK
92

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2017 Côte Rôtie Brune Et Blonde showed beautifully. It has the sunny, sexy style of the vintage in its kirsch and black raspberry fruits as well as plenty of spiced meats, dried flowers, and incense-like aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, elegant, and balanced on the palate, it's already superb yet will develop more classic Côte Rôtie meatiness and spice with 2-4 years of bottle age and drink fabulously for a decade.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
91

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

As a standard-bearer for the appellation—it is the region's largest-production wine by a good margin—Guigal's 2017 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde is a solid success. Scents of red raspberries and green olives mingle with hints of violets and cracked pepper on the nose, while the medium-bodied palate is smooth, silky and suave. The finish boasts enough dusty tannin to support medium-term aging, while the complex fruit and savory notes linger elegantly.

WINE SPECTATOR
92

Wine Spectator

Lively, with a mix of damson plum and bitter cherry notes lined with sanguine and iron hints. An understated style, but this has range and is sneaky long, with dried savory and bay leaf details on the finish. Best from 2021 through 2032.