Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 32524
Wine Advocate 89
The 2017 Cotes du Rhone Blanc includes a majority of Viognier (as usual), supported by 15% to 20% Roussanne and bit of other Rhône varieties. It's a bold mouthful of apricot, pineapple and citrus, with a slightly floral nose. Medium to full-bodied, it's plump and round in the mouth, followed by a fresh, slightly briny finish. Drink it over the next couple of years.
Winery Technical Data
Soil type: Varied soil, sediment, limestone, granite.
Grape variety: 65% Viognier, 15% Roussanne, 8% Marsanne, 8 % Clairette, 2% Bourboulenc, 2% white Grenache.
Average age of vines: 25 years.
Winemaking: Low temperatures, temperature controlled alcoholic fermentation.
Ageing: Stainless steel tanks.
Average yield: 35 Hl/Hectare.
Average annual production Tasting notes
Eye: Yellow gold, clear and brilliant.
Nose: Freshness marked by the distinctive aromas of Viognier ;white flowers, apricot, acacia and white peach.
Palate: Fruity with plenty of richness and body.
Overall: A well-rounded wine with elegance, strength and balance.
Loyal followers of the GUIGAL Côtes-du-Rhône will enjoy this wine which flatters as much as its famous red cousin!
Consumption: A boire Serving temperature: 10 Celsius
Ageing potential: 3 years.
Food and wine matching: Starters, fish, asian food.
Guigal's Cotes du Rhone Blanc both sets and steps outside the standard for the appellation and showcases one of the great secrets of the Guigal family: their specialization in the great white Rhone varieties. While only 2% of the Rhone's production is white, a full 25% of Guigal's production is white. This wine, based on on Viognier, is both fresh and rich, with complex aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, pear, and kiwi, and a deep mineral streak. It is a beautiful, seamless wine that represents unbelievable value.
The firm of E. Guigal, located in Ampuis, was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal. Since 1961 his son Marcel has led the estate, and his unparalleled work ethic and dedication to quality have brought attention to Cote-Rotie and other appellations throughout the Rhone that were in danger of being lost, and lifted the Guigal wines to the pinnacle of the wine world. Today, Marcel's son Philippe serves as Director and Oenologist, continuing the tradition of leadership in the Rhone Valley and uncompromising excellence.
Guigal produces an almost completely distinct Cotes du Rhone Blanc due to their Northern Rhone mindset. Wines under this general appellation are dominated by Southern Rhone grapes such as Clairette, Grenache Blanc, and Bourboulenc. Since 1991 the Guigals have searched for and encouraged plantings of Viognier for their Cotes du Rhone Blanc, as they have a love story with this grape that was nearly extinct in the middle of the last century. They believe the Viognier adds critical freshness and aromatics to the other varieties. The plantings that go into this wine are on varied soils, primarily sedimentary, limestone and granite. Vines average 25 years of age, and yields are a low 1.8 tons per acre.
Handled at low temperatures and then fermented 100% in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures. While the key to this wine is its play of freshness with the expressive, concentrated fruit, it has complexity that means it benefits from some aging and development. It was held until 9 months after harvest.