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Côtes du Rhône Blanc

Côtes du Rhône

Guigal's Côtes du Rhône Blanc both sets and steps outside the standard for the appellation and showcases one of the great secrets of the Guigal family: their specialization in the great white Rhone varieties.  While only 2% of the Rhone's production is white, a full 25% of Guigal's production is white.

Guigal produces an almost completely distinct Cotes du Rhone Blanc due to their Northern Rhone mindset.  Wines under this general appellation are dominated by Southern Rhone grapes such as Clairette, Grenache Blanc, and Bourboulenc.  Since 1991 the Guigals have searched for and encouraged plantings of Viognier for their Cotes du Rhone Blanc, as they have a love story with this grape that was nearly extinct in the middle of the last century, and you could say they have the deepest understanding of Viognier of any producer in the world.  They believe the Viognier adds critical freshness and aromatics to the other varieties, and over the last decade this wine has moved to majority Viognier, complemented notably by Marsanne from St.-Péray, as well as Roussanne with some other white Rhone grapes depending on the vintage.  The plantings that go into this wine are on varied soils, primarily sedimentary, limestone and granite.  Vines average 25 years of age, and yields are a low 1.8 tons per acre - lower than most Grand Cru Bordeaux, by comparison.

This wine is both fresh and rich, with complex aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, pear, and kiwi, and a deep mineral streak.  It is a beautiful, seamless wine that represents unbelievable value.

   
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