E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2018
(Rhône Valley, France) - [VM 91] [JD 90]
Regular price $63.00 Sale price $15.99 Save $47.01
The more you learn about the Guigal family, the more astounding becomes their story. Their wines are the benchmarks for every Rhône appellation, and over the last thirty years they have become arguably the most lauded producer in the world. Year after year the Guigal family produces wines of exceptional quality that in all classes offer exceptional value.
About the Wine:
Guigal’s Côtes du Rhône 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. Whilee only 2% of the Rhone’s production is white, a full 25% of Guigal’s production is white. This wine, based 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. 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.
Varietal Composition: 60% Viognier, 15% Roussanne, 10% Marsanne, 8% Clairette, 5% Bourboulenc, 2% Grenache Blanc
Fermentation: Low temperatures, temperature controlled alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel.
Aging: 9 months in stainless steel tanks.
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.
Ratings & Reviews
"Light yellow. Mineral-tinged aromas of Meyer lemon, pear and white peach are complemented by a suave floral overtone. Juicy, pure and energetic on the palate, offering pliant orchard and pit fruit and honeysuckle flavors that show sharp definition and back-end lift. Rich but energetic as well, delivering strong finishing cut and lingering florality. The Viognier is definitely making itself heard here." Josh Raynolds (5/2020)
90 Points - Jeb Dunnuck: