This Wine Spectator “best value” scored an 88. This Rhone made largely of Syrah I assume is produced by the reliable Guigal. It has a very subdued bouquet and a bit of a stinky odor on opening. In the mouth it is tannic and there is not much flavor. Breathing should help open this up.
With a little bit of air time the stink is gone and an apple sauce kind of nose is present. The taste is still shallow and simple but much better than it was on opening and the balance is starting to come around. This is an old world wine to be sure. With another half hour of breathing or so, it opens decently and is a pleasant enough wine with currants coming forth and a nice balance. I paid $10 for this at a Sam’s Club after searching through three cases of 2001’s to find the last two of this vintage. All in all, it’s a good wine but I think 88 is over rated. Raise a glass—by the way we paired it with a filet mignon and Gorgonzola risotto. Nice!