Cotes du Rhone, France, Red blends, Red wine, Rhône

E. Guigal Côtes-du-Rhône 2006

Winemaker: Philippe Guigal
Grape: 50% Syrah,40% Grenache,10% Mourvèdre
Region: Côtes-du-Rhône, France

The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Côte-Rôtie.

Walking through these vineyards (some over 2400 years old), there are still small terraced walls that were characteristic of the Roman period.When Etienne, who made wine for total of 67 vintages, was left blind after bad illness, his young son Marcel took over from his father. Under his wise management, the family estate extended by buying out Vidal-Fleury in 1984.

In 2000, the Guigals purchased the Jean-Louis GRIPPAT estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage as well as the Domaine de VALLOUIT in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.

His son Phelippe, running the estate today together with his parents Bernadette and Marcel, is the third generation of the family owned and run business. Their estate now covers over 45 hectares of vineyards, located throughout the most attractive terroires of Cotes du Rhône.

The large selection of highest quality Rhône sites allows family Guigal to produce some of the finest wines of the Cotes du Rhône. Each of their vineyards has its own unique terroire, history, soil, elevation and it’s planted with different grape varietals. Some of the vines in Côte-Rôtie, Côte Brune (exclusively Syrah) and Côte Blonde were originally planted over 24 centuries ago by the Romans.

In their breathtaking ancient headquarters, Château d’Ampuis, (built in 15th – 16th centuries), family Guigal also took on a cooperage of traditional oak barrels. Their cooper produces about 3 barrels per day.

The 2006 E. Guigal Cotes du Rhône Red was sourced from low yielded family vineyards,35 years old vines on average. The blended juice was left soaking on the skins for a long time and underwent temperature controlled fermentation. Wine then aged for 18 months in oak.

Tasting notes:
One of the finest Côtes-du-Rhônes I had in a really long time! Beautiful bright ruby color and fresh and generous aroma of cherries and red berries. More delicate then most CDR wines (some of them are quite robust) . Very elegant and clean red wine of medium to full body (it grows as it’s opening up), fruity on the palate with a light hints of spice. Velvety tannins, well balanced acidity with generous, long finish.
I loved it! This wine will be a great match to various of different foods.

– Off dry- Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: under $ 14.00

Ideal food pairing:
Easy pork chops with onions and peppers, Pistachio crusted rack of lamb, Flank steak with shitakee sauce, Lamb burgers with relish mayo, Beef brisket with roasted grapes, Beef Bourguignon, aged cheeses and spicy cold cuts….

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