2007 E. Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape
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RP 93-95 points
RP 93 points
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Philippe Guigal Philippe Guigal's 93-95pt Quandary

When Robert Parker's vintage report hit the web, a single paragraph ignited the fastest selloff in the history of Châteauneuf-du-Pape history.

The Wine Advocate described 2007 as "a truly historic and profoundly great vintage ... the greatest in 30 years." Almost every top name in town took full advantage of a much-needed cash-flow bonanza, emptying cellars in less than a month — then watching as prices climbed on the secondary market.

The sales velocity was so brisk that even the most famous name in the Rhône found itself with a quandary. For years, Philippe Guigal had done just as his father and grandfather had, allowing his prized Châteauneuf-du-Pape and his $500/bottle "La Landonne," "La Moline" and "La Turque" to age for 2-4 years prior to release. But after Parker called this 2007 "the greatest Chateauneuf du Pape Guigal has ever made," Philippe wondered if it wasn't time to make an exception.

"Markets are capricious," we were told. "After the 93-95 review, demand far outstripped supply. Price was no matter. Why not strike while the iron is hot?"

Philippe reread the Wine Advocate report, revisiting Parker's glowing notes on the historic 2007 vintage. He couldn't suppress a smile as he perused Parker's review of the 2007 Châteauneuf, with the most influential critic in the history of the Rhône Valley describing it as "Dense ruby/purple, with an exquisite nose of kirsch, blackberry, black raspberry, charcoal, licorice, and garrigue, this blend of 85% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre has remarkable density, admirable purity, a multi-dimensional mouthfeel, and a finish of just over 45 seconds!"

Then Philippe turned off his laptop, took one final deep breath, and made the call that no one in Châteauneuf-du-Pape — save for the grandson of Etienne Guigal — could imagine making. Guigal prepared the release of his 2004 — and ordered that the entire stock of 2007 be cellared for an additional 28 months!

The greatest Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape EVER was finally released in April 2013. The color is brilliant purple, infused with juicy, primary fruit aromas of black-fruit preserves and sweet herbes de Provence. Rich and fleshy on the attack, packed with black cherry, plum and licorice, splashed with kirsch, it's only after a half hour in oversized Riedel that this voluptuous 2007 begins to awaken — arguing, as Parker suggests, for a 20-year stretch in the coolest of cellars.



Tasting Notes

2007 E. Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape
"Perhaps the greatest Chateauneuf du Pape Guigal has ever made (he agreed, by the way) is the voluptuously textured, opulent, nearly over the top 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Dense ruby/purple, with an exquisite nose of kirsch, blackberry, black raspberry, charcoal, licorice, and garrigue, this blend of 85% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre has remarkable density, admirable purity, a multi-dimensional mouthfeel, and a finish of just over 45 seconds. This is a knock-out wine, but you probably won't see it in the marketplace for at least another year."
93-95 points -- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2010

"One of the finest Chateauneufs made by Guigal, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 85% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre. Full-bodied with lots of kirsch, blackberry, raspberry, camphor and licorice, this is a classic example of both Chateauneuf du Pape and Provencal viticulture. It is aged in both tank and foudre for 3-4 years prior to being released. Drink it over the next 20 years. It is amazing that Guigal can consistently produce a wine of this majesty."
93 points -- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2012

 

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