The 1979 E. Guigal Cote-Rotie Cotes Brune et Blonde had 13% alcohol. It cost only $20 then, now worth a few hundred, and it scored 18+ points on the 20-point Dionysian scale. A classic, mature food wine.

Smoky spice, with black pepper and subtle black fruits fill the nose. After decanting, it opened for nearly an hour. It was soft, and worked well with dinner.


From the two best vineyards in the Rotie area, the Blond and the Brunette, made this Rhone wine perfect for the venison dinner I prepared for friends. The wine is made from Syrah. Enough said.

The finish was long and smooth. It enhanced the Jersey venison well. Rhone wines always help game dinners. It was the last of my 1979’s from that area. I bought it it 1982 in New York.  Cellar some wine.  In Vino Veritas.