+ Add Critic Score

Submit a Critic Score

Score:

Name of Critic:

Close

Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2013

Winemaker's Notes:

"Eye : Clear , brilliant and fresh. Nose : Fresh with an expressive nose of red fruits and citrus. Notes of raspberry and redcurrant. Palate : Fruity, fine and round. Overall : A well-balanced and elegant wine." -Winery

E. Guigal:
The 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 of 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 over 67 vintages and, at the beginning of his career, par... Read more
The 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 of 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 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; Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône are also aged in the Ampuis cellars. Today, Philippe Guigal, oenologist, is the third generation to continue the family endeavour to be at the service of the greatest wines of the Rhône Valley. United as a family, Bernadette, Marcel and Philippe work together to develop this family owned and run enterprise. The headquarters of the GUIGAL estate are situated at the Château d’Ampuis whilst the offices and cellars remain in the small ancient village, cradle of the CÔTE-ROTIE appellation. The Château d’Ampuis is an ancient 12th century fort which was then prettified and developed into a Renaissance Château in the 16th Century ; set amongst the vines and bordered by the king of rivers; the Rhône. This imposing Seat, today classified as an historical monument, was constructed by the powerful Maugiron family and has welcomed several French kings over the centuries. Lovingly restored by the Guigal family since 1995, this jewel of the Renaissance lives again amongst the vineyards of the Côte-Rôtie; its prestigious past and future assured. Sometimes, in magical places, a dream can endow reality with great beauty. HOMMAGE TO ETIENNE GUIGAL Philippe, remember your grandfather who made wine for 67 vintages with such passion. Each day he went down into the cellars and you, as a child, loved to follow him holding his glass and pipette. Slowly, he made a tour of all the barrels and racks looking lovingly at these bottles which triumph over demons, sadness, boredom and time. His greatest joy was to share, as widely as possible, the emotions and pleasures of wine tasting. Your truly marvellous grandfather smiled upon these bottles and you thought to yourself: how he loves his cellar. But no son, it was us he loved because he knew that he himself would never taste these rare wines, produced to achieve a grand old age. THE VINEYARD The GUIGAL family owns vineyards in Condrieu and in the Côte-Rôtie with illustrious plots producing wines such as ‘La Doriane’ in Condrieu, the famous growths of the Côte-Rôtie ‘La Mouline’, ‘La Turque’ and ‘La Landonne’, Côte-Rôtie Château d’Ampuis, Hermitage ‘Ex-Voto’, produced only in the great vintages and Saint-Joseph ‘Lieu-Dit Saint-Joseph’ in red and white, as well as the famous Saint-Joseph red « Vignes de l’Hospice ». These wines have each become flagships of their appellations. 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; Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône are also aged in the Ampuis cellars. The methods of viticulture are practised with total respect for the environment. Natural methods of combating parasites and disease ensure that the grapes cultivated in the domaine's vineyards fully express the complexity of the greatest terroirs of Condrieu and the Côte-Rôtie. Thanks to the meticulous selection of the grapes and the application of the highest standards of quality in the winemaking process, the Condrieu and Côte-Rôtie Brune & Blonde wines of the Guigal estate have become flagships of these two prestigious appellations. The vineyard of the Côte-Rôtie covers approximately 215 hectares comprising the Côte Brune, situated uphill from the Reynard stream and the Côte Blonde, which is situated below. These vines were originally planted over 24 centuries ago by the Romans. The Côte Brune, exclusively planted with Syrah vines, is recognisable by its virile vegetation. The Côte Blonde is more serenely feminine due to the inclusion of Viognier vines which add refinement to the Syrah. A sort of ‘fertile museum’, the yield from this vineyard is naturally limited. In the Côte-Rôtie, the GUIGAL house owns several jewels including the Côte-Rôtie « La Mouline » situated on the Côte blonde, distinguished by its form which resembles a Roman amphitheatre. Situated on the Côte Brune, La Turque benefits from full Southern exposure and from a complex terroir made up of shale and iron oxide which lend finesse and strength to this wine. La Landonne is impressive with its breathtaking slopes of nearly 45 degrees. La Landonne is planted exclusively with Syrah. Last but not least, the Côte-Rôtie Château d’Ampuis is produced from ancient plots which are amongst some of the finest of the Domaine GUIGAL. The Condrieu appellation covers about 100 hectares. Overhanging the right bank of the Rhône, this vineyard is planted exclusively with Viognier, a varietal imported from Dalmatia at the beginning of our era. La Doriane is one of the jewels of the Condrieu appellation. The GUIGAL estate also owns vineyards on illustrious plots with exceptional terroir in the appellations of Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. On the famous hill of Hermitage, the Ex-Voto reds and whites, produced only in the greatest vintages, come from plots with evocative names such as Bessards, Hermite, Greffieux, Murets... a hand picked selection of grapes from these precious terroirs are blended to produce, as if by magic, THE great wine of a chosen vintage. In a mirror image, on the right bank of the Rhône, are the vineyards of the Saint-Joseph appellation the majority of which belonged previously to the Jean-Louis GRIPPAT estate. The Lieu-Dit Saint-Joseph is planted mainly with old vines which produce classic red and white wines, true flagships of this up-and-coming appellation of the northern Côtes-du-Rhône. Finally, the Saint-Joseph « Vignes de l’Hospice » is cultivated on this unique slope composed of granite where the vines are literally suspended on the breathtaking slopes which hang over the town of Tournon. This vineyard is a treasure producing precious and rare nectar. In total, the vineyards of the GUIGAL estate cover over 45 hectares. Read less

Member Reviews for Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc

Add your review
Snooth User: ProPell2
180316837
1.50 5
02/05/2015

Guigal's Cotes du Rhones (both reds and whites) have exceeded expectations vintage after vintage (at least back to 2003). They consistently rival any wine at this price point. The 2013 CdR blanc, however breaks the streak. Dilute tart flavors dominate. The saving grace is that it was somewhat better after a few hours. Does not bode well for 2013 vintage.


Snooth User: anchca
2400701,579
2.00 5
Vintage: 2011 07/21/2014

Two glasses


Snooth User: sol0115
129942324
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 08/24/2013

Good table wine


Snooth User: paulbancroft
8081739
5.00 5
Vintage: 2009 09/15/2011

Five glasses


Snooth User: rhill2990
221667464
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 12/04/2009

I really like this wine. It has a beautiful festive color nice and pink. It has a taste similar to Sauvignon Blanc. I will be ordering this again.

User Tags:

Rose'
  • Cotes du Rhone

  • Snooth User: kerala78
    48053632
    4.00 5
    Vintage: 2008 05/16/2010

    Four glasses


    Snooth User: Wolrdwine lover
    32759766
    2.00 5
    Vintage: 2006 12/15/2009

    Guigal Cote Rotie yes, but Hemitage is not a strength !!


    1 2 3 4 5

    External Reviews for Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc

    External Review
    Vintage: 2012 02/26/2014

    Juicy , with forward, ripe maraschino cherry fruit and a nice dash of spice on the lively finish.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2011 07/02/2008

    A ready to drink Cote-Rotie (Syrah) with huge flavor and complexity.


    External Review
    Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
    Vintage: 2011 06/21/2013

    Ein fruchtiger, ausgewogener, frischer und mittelkräftiger Weisswein. Hellgelb mit leichten Grünreflexen. Mittelkräftiges Bouquet mit gewisser Komplexität. Die Kernobstaromen (Apfel, Birne) dominieren leicht, dazu kommen etwas Zitrusfrüchte (Limone, Zitrone) und eine Spur exotische Fruchtaromen. Im Gaumen ist der Wein trocken. Der Körper ist von mittlerer Fülle und harmonisch. In der Rückaromatik kommt wieder etwas Frucht. Mittellanger Abgang.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2011 03/01/2013

    Aromas of white flowers, apricot, acacia and white peach. Fruity with and round; very elegant.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2011 11/20/2013

    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.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2011 01/29/2009

    95 points from Wine & Spirits and listed in their Top 100 for 2007! "Guigal is best known for its legendary CÔte-RÔtie and Hermitage, but the 2003 ChÂteauneuf-du-Pape fully deserves a place alongside its more renowned


    External Review
    Vintage: 2011 07/02/2008

    A lush, complex Syrah from arguably the world\'s greatest Syrah-producing appellation.


    1 2 3 4 5  ...  17


    All Prices

    Shipping to:

    "Eye : Clear , brilliant and fresh. Nose : Fresh with an expressive nose of red fruits and citrus. Notes of raspberry and redcurrant. Palate : Fruity, fine and round. Overall : A well-balanced and elegant wine." -Winery

    Best Wine Deals

    See More Deals

    Grenache Top Lists







    Snooth Media Network