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
Pale yellow. Melon, nectarine and honeysuckle on the nose, with notes of anise and white pepper adding complexity. Gains sweetness with air and offers pliant honeydew and orchard fruit flavors, with a touch of spice on the back half. I like this wine's complexity and finishing sappiness.
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.
Smooth, crisp and lively, offering exuberant pear, spice and floral aromas and flavors. Balanced and appealing to drink now.
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.
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 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.
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