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Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Etienne Guigal 2018

Subregion France > Rhône > Northern Rhône > Côte Rotie
Grape VarietySyrah

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Tasting Notes

All of the classic Cote-Rotie aromas (leather, smoked bacon, spices and black cherry) pour from the glass of this rich and fleshy wine. Very silky texture, in spite of the generous, fine tannins, which build beautifully at the long, complete finish. Drink or hold.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2022

Another incredible base wine is the 2018 Côte Rôtie Brune Et Blonde, which comes from multiple terroirs spread throughout the appellation. It shines for its elegance and finesse and is more medium-bodied, yet brings beautiful fruit, seamless tannins, and classic Côte Rôtie aromas and flavors. The purity of fruit is truly something. It’s drinking brilliantly today and will be drinking brilliantly in 10-15 years as well.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2022

While the 2018 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde comes across as being slightly less complex than the 2017, it's also fruitier and more overtly charming. Cherries and berries abound in this supple, medium to full-bodied effort that finishes long and silky.

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, February 2022

I suspect the 2018 Côte Rôtie Brune Et Blonde will be up there with the top vintages of this cuvée, and it shows how strong 2018 was for Côte Rôtie. Beautiful cassis, vanilla bean, spring flowers, and subtle oak nuances give way to a full-bodied beauty that has both power and finesse. I love the tannin quality here, and while it’s going to be accessible in its youth, it’s also going to age gracefully on its purity and balance.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, December 2019

A bit more concentrated and powerful than the 2016 and 2017 versions, the 2018 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde looks as if it could rival the 2015. Mixed blueberries and raspberries suffuse the nose of this full-bodied, velvety-textured beauty. Long and rich, it adds hints of espresso on the finish.

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, December 2019
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