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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
External Reviews for E. Guigal St. Joseph 'Lieu Dit' Rouge
Pretty peach and melon flavors, with a hint of almond on the finish. Soft, but pure. Drink now.
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.
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.
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.
Plump and forward, with peach and melon notes, backed by a mineral hint on the finish. Very fresh. Drink now.
The beautiful 2007 Cotes du Rhone Blanc, a blend of 50% Viognier and the rest Roussanne, Marsanne, Clairette, and Bourboulenc, is the finest he has yet produced. Amazing aromatics, fresh citrus fruits, and a hint of minerality are presented in a medium-bodied, delicious style that most consumers will love.
The 2006 Cotes du Rhone white, which is a blend of about 55% Viognier and the rest Roussanne, Marsanne, Clairette, and Bourboulenc, is the best white Cotes du Rhone the Guigals have ever made. An amazing wine, I am not sure it doesn't deserve an even higher score, but it was just about ready to go into the bottle when I tasted it. The wine reveals terrific honeysuckle notes intermixed with some white peach and tangerine skin in a medium-bodied, crisp, fruit-driven style with excellent acidity and depth. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.
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