E. Guigal

Côtes du Rhône

2020
Côtes du Rhône
France
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E. Ghee-GAL COTE dew RONE
Varietals
Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre
$20
Flavors
Blackberry Jam Blackberry Jam
Black Pepper Black Pepper
Chocolate Chocolate
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Palate Character

Balance & Finesse 2 Rich & Full 2 Light & Bright 2 Smooth & Silky 2 Round & Fleshy 2 Tone & Backbone 2 Powerful & Extracted 1 Bright & Crisp 2
Powerful & Extracted
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Tasting Notes
A Powerful and Extracted wine that features sweet blackberry fruit followed by black pepper, violets, and chocolate.
COLOR
Dark Ruby Red
BODY
TANNIN
ACIDITY
SWEET
ALCOH.
15%
GRAPE(S)
Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre
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Why this wine made the cut…
Showy, easy drinking Côtes du Rhône at an affordable price.
Ampuis, Northern Rhône Valley
GRAPE VARIETAL(S)
Syrah
50% See-RA
Syrah is widely planted throughout the world, but that was not so until the late twentieth century when Syrah was principally grown in the Rhone Valley and, as Shiraz, in Australia. Stylistically, the Palate Character of Syrah can vary depending on ripeness from a rich Round & Fleshy, Tone & Backbone, to a Powerful & Extracted. The flavors and aromas can also vary with a dark, sometimes sweet, fruit character, varying amount of spice, floral, and earth, and smoke, and meaty aromas and flavors.
Grenache
40% Gruh-NASH
Grenache is widely planted throughout the world but some of the best expressions come from the southern Rhone, and in Spain’s Priorat. Grenache has small berries with thick grape skins resulting in dark, tannic wine in its youth combined with an almost ripe sweetness and elevated alcohol. Often part of a blend, Grenache offers a lot of fruit, spice, with floral and herbal notes.
Mourvèdre
10% Moor-VED-ruh
Mourvedre is widely grown in Spain, and in France, where it makes up at least 50% of Bandol, and is typically one of the main blended varietals in Chateauneuf du Pape. It is high quality and strives in hot temperatures. The grapes are dark, and tannic with ample alcohol and intense aromas, particularly of blackberries. It is valued for its heady, structured contribution to blends.
Country / State
France
Region
Côtes du Rhône
Producer
E. Guigal
Vintage
2020
The Guigal vineyards

E. Guigal

Ampuis

Guigal, now one of the largest and most respected estates in the Rhône, was founded with humble beginnings by Etienne Guigal in 1946. 

Etienne GuigalEtienne Guigal
The 'La Turque' vineyard in Côte-RotieThe 'La Turque' vineyard in Côte-Rotie

At 14-years-old, Etienne began working in one of the Rhône Valley’s largest vineyard’s pruning vines. Over the course of 15 years, he became cellar master before venturing out on his own. In 1961, his son Marcel took the reins and the winery now in its third generation is a standard bearer, especially for Côte-Rôtie, with steep terraced vineyards that surround the estate.

The wines of Guigal are a testament to entrepreneurship and vision. Across the board they exhibit high quality, with the single-vineyard Côte-Rôties of often ethereal character. For an estate this size to achieve such success is a testament to the detail-oriented work done in the vineyard and the painstaking attention in the winery.