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Guigal's Cotes du Rhone blanc has gone from strength to strength over recent vintages, largely because he now uses at...Read more...
Fragrant and floral on the nose, opens into slight notes of nectarine and peach, mainly from the Viognier, that add to its moderate body which fini... Read more
Part of a mini France vs Italy tasting. This stood out as being strangely soaping with a bitter end. Something might have been wrong with this pa... Read more
Floral & peach notes on the nose/palate (had just a taste at a tasting) Read more
Food Pairings for E. Guigal St. Joseph 'Lieu Dit' Rouge
Fragrant and floral on the nose, opens into slight notes of nectarine and peach, mainly from the Viognier, that add to its moderate body which finish out with a touch of acidity and minerality. The finish is quite weak for what you would expect from the bouquet and the front of the palate. A good value from a great wine maker.
Part of a mini France vs Italy tasting. This stood out as being strangely soaping with a bitter end. Something might have been wrong with this particular bottle. For more on the tasting, please visit http://dionyshius.blogspot.com/2012/06/france-vs-italy.html
Floral & peach notes on the nose/palate (had just a taste at a tasting)
A 95% Marsanne, 5% Rousanne blend matched with chèvre, dressed radicchio, walnut croutons, ripe pear and toasted walnuts. A lovely wine restrained richness, almond, hazelnut and lime nose but the goats cheese was a little too strong for the wine, deadeneing it somewhat. But the radicchio and walnuts worked beautifully. http://www.spittoon.biz/wine_and_food_matching_ideas_f.html
color-pale gold nose-citrus & stone fruit, mineral & herbs mouth-nectarine, lemon grass, finish - medium long buy it drink it share it
External Reviews for E. Guigal St. Joseph 'Lieu Dit' Rouge
Followers of the GUIGAL C tes-du-Rh ne will enjoy this wine which flatters as much as its famous red cousin!
Intense yellow plum, fig and poached pear aromas are deepened by suave vanilla and anise notes. Lively orange pith and pit fruit flavors show excellent clarity, focus and back-end power. Deftly combines sweetness and energy, finishing with lingering vanilla and honey qualities.
Readers wanting a slightly more Burgundian, smoky, roasted nut, creamy styled white should check out the 2011 St.-Joseph Lieu-Dit St.-Joseph Blanc, which is also a blend of 90% Marsanne and 10% Roussanne aged in 100% new oak. The oak provides subtle notes of toast, but this full-bodied, creamy-textured white also exhibits plenty of creme brulee, honeyed orange, peach marmalade, quince and white currant characteristics. This beauty will offer terrific drinking over the next 5–7 years.
A plump, mouthfilling, tropical style, with dried peach, mango and apricot notes offset by a taut thread of orange zest. Singed almond and ginger course through the richly textured finish. Drink now through 2016.
Guigal is a Rhône producer famed for his legendary Côte Rôties, especially the coveted La Turque and La Mouline. While his white Côtes du Rhône is made from purchased grapes, and produced on a much larger scale than these reds, it is made in the style of the winery; that is, with care, competence and a regard for the character of the region. That means that when you buy this white Rhône, you'll get a wine that tastes not only fresh and delicious, filled with waxy pear fruit, but one that has the earthy sense of the place as well. Roast a loup de mew stuffed with fennel, and you'll fine yourself on the banks of the Rhône.
The 1999 Côtes du Rhône Blanc reveals an increased emphasis on blending with large quantities of Viognier (40%). It is a medium-bodied, dry, tasty offering with a straightforward but alluring nose of honeysuckle and peach as well as excellent purity. Consume it over the next 1-2 years.
The 2009 and 2010 Cotes du Rhone Blancs are blends of 55% Viognier and the rest Roussanne, Marsanne, Clairette and Bourboulenc, all aged in tank. While there are multiple bottlings given the massive production, they are consistent from bottling to bottling. The freshness, exotic tropical fruits, fragrant bouquets, dry, fleshy mid-palates and crisp finishes of these wines will be admired by consumers. These wines over-deliver in every sense, and they should drink well for several years.
Guigal's Cotes du Rhone blanc has gone from strength to strength over recent vintages, largely because he now uses at least 50% Viognier in the blend [the rest is mostly Roussanne and Marsanne]...possesses [a] good body as well as abundant fruit, texture, and fat." - Wine Advocate
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