Colour: Deep, dark and profound red.
Aroma: An elegant, punchy wine with seductive aromas of fresh fruits.
Palate : Ample and supple tannins while keeping a lovely frame. A rich wine, balanced between richness and freshness. Pairs well with an assortment of charcuterie, red meat grilled or cooked in a sauce like a spring lamb stew, a platter of aged cheeses.
Grape Varieties: 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Muscardin, 5% (Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Vaccarèse, Terret noir).
Aging: 18 months in stainless steel and foudres (10%).
Awards: 91pts – Jeb Dunnuck; 94pts – Wine Enthusiast
History of E. Guigal
E. Guigal is one of the most notable wine producers in the Rhône Valley. It was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in Ampuis, a village near the famous roasted slopes of the Côte Rôtie,with a long history of winegrowing, and today has plots throughout the Rhône. Guigal makes wines from classic Mediterranean varieties like Grenache, Mourvèdre, Viognier and Roussanne, although the focus has always been on Syrah and Côte Rôtie.
The company’s sizeable holdings run the length of the valley, encompassing Saint-Joseph, Hermitage, Gigondas, Condrieu and Chateauneuf-du-Pape, making wines in each, as well as a couple of Côte du Rhône wines. However, Guigal’s most notable wines – La Landonne, La Turque and La Mouline – are all from Côte Rôtie, and are some of the most sought-after wines in the region. In fact, all three have had 100-point Robert Parker scores for multiple vintages.