E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rosé, France, 2017 (RELOAD)
Overview of the WineThe Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Côte-Rôtie. In these vineyards that are over 2400 years old, you can still see the small terraced walls characteristic of the Roman period. Etienne Guigal arrived in this region in 1923 at the age of 14. He made wine for over 67 vintages and, at the beginning of his career, participated in the development of the Vidal-Fleury establishment.
Despite his young age, Marcel Guigal took over from his father in 1961 when the latter was victim to a brutal illness rendering him blind. Marcel's hard work and perseverance enabled the Guigals to buy out Vidal-Fleury in 1984, although the establishment retains its own identity and commercial autonomy. 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.
In the cellars of the Guigal estate in Ampuis, the northern appellations of the Rhône Valley are produced and aged. These are the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. The great appellations of the Southern Rhône, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône, are also aged in the Ampuis cellars.
Grape / Blend70% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 10% syrah
OriginCôtes du Rhône, France
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
The Guigal family has made serious rosé wines since the 1940s, and their Côtes du Rhône Rosé, like all their Côtes du Rhône wines, is humble in name only. The wine bursts with irresistable fresh red fruits, and yet is also long and satisfying. Because of its quality and body, it’s a rosé that you can bring to the table, and do so all year long: itis a rosé that offers both refreshment and pleasure.
90 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
The 2017 Côtes du Rhône Rosé offers pretty, fresh notes of cherries and strawberries, and is medium-bodied, fresh and crisp. This cuvée has always leaned toward the richer end of the spectrum, but the 2017 is certainly in a fresher, more Provençal style.
89 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Zesty hints of white peach and grapefruit make this full-bodied, easy-quaffing wine a summer crowd pleaser. It's refreshingly dry but supple and plush in texture. A touch of minerality lifts the midpalate.
87 Points - Wine Spectator
Bright and easy, with strawberry and white cherry fruit flavors set on a rounded frame. Reveals a light stony echo on the finish. Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah.
Product size: 750ml