Guigal, Côtes du Rhône (Rhône Valley, France) 2013

($16, Vintus): Collectors and conoisseurs know of Guigla’s “La La’s”, as they are called — his tiny production, single vineyard wines from the Côte Rôtie, La Mouline, La Landonne and La Turque — that sell for hundreds of dollars upon release.  Though I adore those wines, I admire Guigal because he makes large quantities of high quality “basic” Côtes du Rhône that are affordable.  Indeed, if you are looking for an under $20 “go-to” red wine for everyday drinking, I can’t think of a better one.  The 2013, just on the market, makes for a fascinating comparison with the 2012, which is still widely available.  The 2013 Guigal Côtes du Rhône has a racy, earthy edge to its moderate weight.  With fine tannins, this wine is a joy to drink with simple summertime grilled fare.
91 Michael Apstein Aug 22, 2017