E. Guigal

Saint-Joseph

2020
Saint-Joseph
No. Rhône Valley
France
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Varietals
Marsanne, Roussanne
$42
Flavors & Quality
White Peach White Peach
Pear Pear
Honeysuckle Honeysuckle
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COLOR
Pale Gold
BODY
ACIDITY
SWEET
ALCOH.
14%
GRAPE(S)
Marsanne, Roussanne
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Why this wine made the cut…
Rich, yet energetic. Dense fruit, yet with floral lift. Complex? Yup.
Ampuis, Northern Rhône Valley
GRAPE VARIETAL(S)
Marsanne
Mar-SAN
Marsanne is principally a Rhone varietal (can also be found in the U.S. and Australia) that makes full-bodied wines with moderate acidity. However, it is often blended with Roussanne and Viognier, especially in the Northern Rhone, to make rich wines with floral aromatics.
Roussanne
Roo-SAN
Rousanne is a high quality, aromatic, white Rhone varietal often blended with Marsanne in Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, and St. Joseph. Rousanne is more aromatic than Marsanne, often with a refreshing floral, and slightly herbal perfume, and has higher acidity that provides it better ability to age gracefully.
Country / State
France
Region
No. Rhône Valley
Sub Region
Saint-Joseph
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.