1983 Guigal “Brune et Blonde” Côte-Rôtie

I don’t know how many bottlings of this there are, but I’ve had wildly varying experience. The best bottle was one we just had a “Chapon Wine Merchants” importer label. And it was truly fine, with an intense fruit core and lots of C-R funk. At its peak. The worst have been from a batch with a “Grape Expectations” tag; shrill acidity, horrible sour-milk aftertaste, over-the-hill faded fruit.

SY (4/01)