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E. Guigal St. Joseph 'Lieu Dit' Rouge 2010
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
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
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The 2000 Côtes du Rhône Blanc (50% Viognier, and the rest Marsanne, Roussanne, and other white wine varietals) is an excellent, fleshy, surprisingly character-filled, dry white that should be consumed over the next 12-18 months. It possesses freshness and depth as well as considerable character.
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.
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 2003 (primarily Roussanne and Viognier) possesses good body as well as abundant fruit, texture, and fat.
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.
There are many admirable things about Marcel Guigal, but most significant is that he has been a qualitative locomotive that has brought attention to the Rhone Valley, and has raised the quality bar for the entire region. His Cotes du Rhone whites have jumped in quality as he has settled on a general blend of approximately 50% Viognier and the rest Roussanne, Marsanne, Clairette, Bourboulenc, and Grenache Blanc. The excellent tank-aged 2003 Cotes du Rhone blanc reveals copious amounts of exotic fruits, hints of honeysuckle and white peaches, medium body, crisp acidity, and a refreshing style.
The light 2004 Cotes du Rhone blanc displays higher acidity than the 2003, but comes across as refreshing and zesty with notions of grapefruit and white currants.
Pretty peach and melon flavors, with a hint of almond on the finish. Soft, but pure. Drink now.
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