The 2001 Cote- Rotie Brune et Blonde exhibits an herb and tapenade-scented nose with hints of smoke, bacon fat, red currants, raspberries, and figs. It is a delicious, medium-bodied 2001 to drink over the next 5-7 years. - (87-88) - The Wine Advocate by Robert M. Parker Jr - 12/04
2001 E. Guigal Cote Rotie Cotes Brune et Blonde ($70; from the second bottling, in May of 2004) Deep red-ruby. Roasted raspberry and pepper on the nose; fruitier than the Hermitage. Elegantly styled and fruity, with sweet flavors of redcurrant, raspberry, bacon fat, licorice, leather and woodsmoke. Showing nicely today, but this also has the backbone to develop over the next decade or so. Finishes long and juicy, with tannins perfectly supported by the wine's mid-palate material (91 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 01-02/05).