E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2013 (Cotes du Rhone, France) - [RP 90]

E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2013
(Cotes du Rhone, France) - [RP 90]

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About This Wine:
Traditionally dominated by Clairette, Grenache Blanc, and Bourboulenc, since 1991, the Guigals have searched for and encouraged plantings of Viognier for their Cotes du Rhone Blanc, and with the 2012 vintage the wine has 65% Viognier, complemented notably by Marsanne from St.-Péray and Roussanne, along with some other white Rhone grapes depending on the vintage.

Fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks, this wine is fresh, rich, and complex, offering aromas of honeysuckle, pear, kiwi, and minerals. This Côtes du Rhône Blanc, made with a Northern Rhone approach, sets the standard for the appellation. Serve this dry white with appetizers, grilled fish, or spicy Asian preparations of all kinds.

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.

Ratings & Reviews

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"A great vintage for whites, the 2013 Cotes du Rhone Blanc (mostly Viognier) has outstanding notes of white peach and tangerine to go with an elegant, seamless style on the palate. It’s a smoking value to drink over the coming 1-2 years."

Jeb Dunnuck:
"The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world." (Dec 2014)