The first of 12 and an annual purchase for me. Must be the best value red wine on the planet - $24 AUD per bottle. 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre. I don’t know what the annual production would be but it would have to be well over a million bottles. I love Phillipe Guigals philosophy in that he says the CDR is the most important wine they produce because it is the wine most people will first be introduced to the Estate. Fresh savoury red fruits with raspberry to the fore. Quaffable and smashable. — 5 days ago
We pulled this from our cellar and brought it to V. Mertz for dinner. We enjoyed a couple of other wines as aperitifs and then ultimately did what anyone given the opportunity should do: pair it with lamb chops. We poured it into a decanter while we enjoyed the conversation and opening courses. Given the setting, there were no formal notes however, I can confidently report that the 2015 “Tintot” absolutely slaps. From the first sip to the last, it was all balance, power and class. It was also a spectacular showcase for Mourvèdre. It was hard to fully judge color because the lighting was so low but it appeared to be nearly opaque. A touch feral with a slightly gamey element to it but there’s a great big ol’ basket of black and blue fruits with red and purple flowers, garrigue, some black pepper and cedar chest. Structure is still quite firm but totally enjoyable. While this is an unusual assemblage for the region, it still comes across as a wine from Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This was my first “Tintot” and it has left quite the impression. Drink now with an hour decant or over the next 7-10 years. P.S. it probably goes without saying, but the pairing with lamb chops was sublime. — 7 days ago
Ruby, purple edges with aromas of red berry fruits and herb notes. On the palate flavors of ripe blackberry and raspberry with dried flower, licorice and spice. Firm tannins on medium finish ending with a herb mineral fruit character. Drink now no aging benefit. — 10 days ago
A new style for me.
Nose: meaty, savory, saline…almost some onions. Bagels. Onion bagels??! Mexican food?!? Wow, the Mexican food images really sticks, now I keep smelling tacos…
Taste: heavy, peachy, grapey, sweet onions and herbs, white flowers, honeysuckle, vanilla…almond, apricot. Long finish. I don’t drink a lot of white wine, so my experience (and vocabulary) are both limited here…and I can’t decide if I love it or hate it- it is funky compared to what I am used to…but very complex, and clearly well made stuff. I’ll go 90! — 6 days ago
Dark cherry in color with a wide reddish rim.
On the nose raspberries, strawberries, cherries, light oak, spices, herbs, earth, dried meats, wild flowers, garrigue, tobacco leaf and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with cherries, black currants, blueberries, light wood, earth, dark coffee, light bitter herbs and peppercorn.
Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very tasty Grenache blend from Southern Rhone. Elegant and interesting.
Tangy and spicy with lots of fruits. Nicely balanced with nice complexity.
This 3-year-old is drinking very nicely now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 years.
Easy drinking and better after 90 minutes in the decanter.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$50. — a day ago
No formal notes - this is the last of 6 bottles. Notes of mandarin and honeysuckle - luscious - the perfect Winter white. See previous Delectable notes. A regular purchase for me. More than 50% Viognier together with Roussanne and other Rhone white grapes. Amazing consistency considering Guigal makes over 700,000 bottles per year. — 5 days ago
Sweaty Animals? Yes please
👃Complex. Distinctive. Amazing. Charcoal, pepper, sweet dark cherries, smoke, barnyard, sweaty animals, earth, garrigue & violets
👅Full bodied. Complex. Balanced. Purple/red fruit, thyme, licorice & pepper. Silky. Finishes with mod+ tannic pull. Delicious
Note: With time in the glass the nose and palate lost some focus and animation. Still drinking well but probably lost 2-3 points
The remaining wine was Slow Decanted in my refrigerator
Slow Decanting this wine did not improve this wine. Just as with Day 1, letting the wine aerate resulted in less intensity. The wine did not develop any faults and was still a very nice glass. It just wasn’t the firecracker it was on first pour
Verdict: A fantastic wine. It was best as soon as it was poured on Day 1. I would not decant this wine or give it extra time in the glass.
Question: I have noticed this with many CdPs in the past. They do not do well with aeration. And it seems particularly true of wines with more structure. Anyone else notice this? — 5 days ago
Even as an eight year old, this classic CDP is still very dark (almost black) in color. Beautiful aromas of red and black berries and currants, and lavender. Hints of earthy herbs and spices. The pallet is full of black berry/raspberry fruit, black licorice, grilled mushroom and cooked meat. Touch of black pepper spice on the finish. Tannins are there but they are extremely soft. Rich and elegant. Another fabulous vintage of this consistent classic. Thank you so much, Kasey and Petey! — 6 days ago