Under $12 Deals – Guigal Cotes du Rhone is Great EVERY Year (RP89, $11.95)

October 24, 2013 Under $12 Deals  No comments

Occasionally I find myself in two separate circumstances where I am in need of reasonably-priced, good wine (vs. reasonably-priced bad wine).  1.) I’m traveling and need to pick up a go-to wine at an unfamiliar liquor store or grocery store and 2.) I’m having a group of people over and I don’t want to break the bank.  Guigal’s 2010 Cotes du Rhone would work perfectly for both circumstances.  They make over 1 million bottles per year, so it’s easy to come by and it’s consistently really good.

In France, where all but the best wines (and sometimes even those) are made by purchasing grapes from village communes, there is one way to make good wine.  Pay higher prices for the best grapes.  That’s precisely the approach the famous Guigal family takes with their generic Cotes du Rhone bottling. Guigal knows wine.  A quick scan of Robert Parker’s ratings shows this winery has 26 wines that have scored 100 points.  Take that in for a moment.  Those wines sell for over $400 on release ($1000+ at auction), but they apply the same winemaking standards clear down to their lowly Cotes du Rhone.

You could apply these notes to all but the very worst vintages of this wine: Bright red fruit balanced by a flinty acidity.  This wine is a winner as a go-to, for entertaining, or any other reason.  But remember: as they say in Vegas.  You’ve got to play to win(e).

Buy Here: 2010 Guigal Cotes du Rhone $11.95

Robert Parker 89 points

“As for the red wines, first and foremost is Guigal’s Cotes du Rhone. I re-tasted the 2010 Cotes du Rhone, which is still in foudre. This cuvee is typically a blend of 50% Syrah and the rest Grenache and perhaps some Mourvedre. Guigal is known throughout the Rhone Valley for paying the highest price for generic Cotes du Rhone, and that in large part explains the quality of this wine year in and year out. It enjoys an extended upbringing in foudre and stainless steel tanks and is always a dense ruby/purple-colored wine with lots of blue and black fruits intermixed with notions of kirsch, licorice, lavender and spice. Supple and surprisingly intense, this delicious effort can age for 4-5 years.

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