E. Guigal - Cotes du Rhone Rouge
E. Guigal - Cotes du Rhone Rouge

Red Wine E. Guigal - Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2015

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Item# 901-15

Product Ratings

Robert Parker 91pt
Vinous Media 90pt
Wine Spirits 92pt


The firm of E. Guigal, located in Ampuis, was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal. Since 1961 his son Marcel has led the estate, and his unparalleled work ethic and dedication to quality have brought attention to Cote-Rotie and other appellations throughout the Rhone that were in danger of being lost, and lifted the Guigal wines to the pinnacle of the wine world. Today, Marcel's son Philippe serves as Director and Oenologist, continuing the tradition of leadership in the Rhone Valley and uncompromising excellence.


The soils are varied, consisting mainly sedimentary, limestone and granite soils, with many pebbles and alluvial deposits. The average yield is around 2.1 tons per acre, and the average age of the vines is 35 years.


Guigal ages their Cotes du Rhone Rouge for a full two years (minimum) before release, almost unheard of in the Rhone. This expensive process results in a wine of unusual complexity, with a substantial and generous palate. After a long maceration and fermentation, aging takes place in oak foudres for 18 months.


The Guigals select and blend cuvees from over 80 top growers, and their talent lies in the rigorous and exhaustive traveling and tasting they carry out. Ultimately they select only 1% of all wines they taste for their Cotes du Rhone: one lot out of every one hundred. Since the 1998 vintage the wine has been based on Syrah, a Northern Rhone approach to a wine that is almost always Grenache-based. This focus produces wines of greater aromatic intensity and structure, though is much more costly to produce given the particularities of growing Syrah in the Southern Rhone. The blend is 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Mourvedre. Complex and deceptively ageworthy, Guigal's Cotes du Rhone Rouge is one of the world's greatest wine values.

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