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21 March 2017 News, Videos

Super flyovers of Cote-Rotie and a dive into the Guigal cellar.

 

 
8 March 2017 Feature, News

Vivino  just released a study from their 23 million users looking at the Most Popular French Wines.  They specifically name their most Popular French Wines under $20 – the Seven Affordable French Superstars.

Not only is Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge near the top, but it has the single highest average rating of any of the seven wines!

Link here.

 

 

 
6 February 2017 News

Scott Greenberg, wine writer at WTOP (Washington DC area news) features the Guigal Crozes-Hermitage Rouge in his story on Super Bowl pairings. The author is planning to pair the wine with a friend’s Philly steak-and-cheese sliders, since “the beef, creamy cheese and sautéed onions will line-up beautifully with the 2013 E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage from the Norther Rhône Valley region of France.” He explains that the “Syrah-based wine offers up a smoky, meaty nose that leads to flavors of dark plum, dark cherry and spice in the mouth that cuts the richness of the meat and cheese.” Click here to read the article.

 
19 December 2016 News

Today we have one of the most wonderful press pieces we’ve ever had, with Philippe Guigal featured in the Wall Street Journal.

The Guigal story has legendary aspects to it when you peel back the layers. A devotion to the Rhone Valley, quality, and a work ethic that in one generation – in France – catapulted Guigal and the Rhone Valley to the pinnacle of the fine wine world. This article in some way illustrates the secret to the Guigal family’s success: an intense devotion to each other and to their work.

The column is What’s Your Workout, with the piece attached and the link here.

See below for an excerpt!

“Working parents struggle to fit in weekly workouts, let alone weekly date nights. Philippe Guigal, the third-generation French winemaker of acclaimed Rhone Valley winery E. Guigal, combines the two. Mr. Guigal, 41, and his wife, Eve, 34, go ballroom dancing every Thursday night and practice the routine they perform on the professional ballroom circuit. “When you work together in a family business, it’s important to spend time together in a different setting where you have a different focus,” he says.

Mr. Guigal’s mother forced him to take dance lessons at 14. He showed natural talent and started competing. “I practiced 14 to 16 hours a week,” he says. “My father worried I would become a professional ballroom dancer instead of take over the winery.” In 1996, he met Eve, who had been dancing since age 5. They married in 2008.”

 
2nd December 2016 News

Following Pierangelo’s meeting with Worth editor Ken Rivadeneira in New York, Ken included the Tommasi Ca’ Florian 2008 in Worth’s “Excellence in Luxury” holiday gift guide. The Ca’ Florian is featured on a two-page spread of other high-end wines, including Bollinger and E. Guigal Chateau d’Ampuis, alongside the quote “For four generations, Tommasi has been the leading producer of Amarone. Its Ca’ Florian 2008 is bright and full-bodied, with a balsamic essence that pairs well with braised meats.” This holiday gift guide ran both online and in the December/January print issue.

Click here to see the full list of Excellence in Luxury 2016.

 

 

 

 
2nd December 2016 News

An article on the 2015 vintage in the Rhone Valley by Jancis Robinson was just published in the Financial Times.  The piece starts aptly: “Marcel Guigal is the godfather of the Rhone Valley.  His company in Ampuis uniquely combines quantity and quality in both its own holdings and massive purchases throughout the valley.”  Marcel and Philippe Guigal are quoted throughout, and in the shortlist of very top 2015s, Guigal has more than twice as many wines as any other producer. Below is an excerpt. Click here to read the full article!

“Marcel Guigal is the godfather of the Rhône Valley. His company in Ampuis uniquely combines quantity (to the tune of more than seven million bottles a year) and quality in both its own holdings and massive purchases throughout the valley. For him 2015 was the best vintage he has ever known, in a career that began in 1961 – that was a far from shabby vintage itself.”

 
23 September 2016 News

Food & Wine just published a list of the 50 Wines You Can Always Trust, because “It’s easy to find great wines made in tiny quantities that cost a fortune. What’s hard is locating amazing wines that are sold in stores across the country, that are delicious regardless of vintage, and that ring up at $20 or less per bottle. Here are our picks for the most reliable, most readily available wines in the world—50 wines that won’t let you down.”8 French wines are listed, and two of them are ours: Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge and Langlois-Chateau Crémant Brut. See below for an excerpt from the article!

“50 Wines You Can Always Trust
It’s easy to find great wines made in tiny quantities that cost a fortune. What’s hard is locating amazing wines that are sold in stores across the country, that are delicious regardless of vintage, and that ring up at $20 or less per bottle. Here are our picks for the most reliable, most readily available wines in the world—50 wines that won’t let you down. Plus, there are bonus selections: five top-notch Bordeaux for less than $25, 12 foolproof pairing suggestions and 10 world-class wines from France and the United States that cost a little more but still offer disproportionate quality for the price.

E. Guigal

Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge

While Guigal’s greatest acclaim derives from its extraordinary single-vineyard Côte-Rôties, which Rhône wine fanatics refer to as the “La Las”—La Mouline, La Landonne and La Turque—this family-owned firm makes top-notch wines at every price. Its typically Syrah-based Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge is full-bodied and compellingly aromatic.

Langlois-Chateau

Crémant de Loire Brut NV

It’s sparkling, it’s from France, it’s delicious—and it isn’t Champagne. Langlois-Chateau, founded in 1885, makes a variety of wines, but its shortbread-scented, pear-inflected Crémant is the one that rises above the rest. A blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc, it ages for 24 months on its lees (the yeast cells left over after fermentation) rather than the nine months typical of most Crémants, which helps give it unusual lushness and depth.”

Click here to see all 50 Wines.

 

 
8 July 2016 News

Chicago Tribune features Guigal in a story on the “10 wines to wash down that grilled burger tonight.” Wine columnist Michael Austin features the 2012 E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge as a good quality and value option for a Rhone Valley red varietal. He states how this wine saves readers some money but doesn’t compromise the taste, noting you “still get a very nice wine full of bright raspberries, blue fruits, spice and suppleness.” The story went online this week and should appear in print in next Wednesday’s edition. Below is an excerpt.

“Can you imagine not seasoning a hamburger patty with a little bit of salt and black pepper? This is where the Rhone grape varieties come into play, especially the powerful and legendary syrah, which can range from floral to leathery, often with a bite of pepper. If you wanted lively red fruit, minerality, herbs, incense and pepper, you could try the deliciously layered 2013 Presqu’ile Syrah ($35) from California’s Santa Maria Valley. To save some money and still get a very nice wine full of bright raspberries, blue fruits, spice and suppleness, pick the 2012 E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone ($15), which is 50 percent syrah, 45 percent grenache and 5 percent mourvedre.”

Click here to read the full list

 
8 July 2016 News

PureWow highlights Guigal Crozes-Hermitage in “6 Reds You Should Be Drinking Instead of Rosé.” Alongside a prominent bottle image, Editor Alison McCarthy describes the wine as “smooth and sophisticated,” recommending grilled filet mignon to pair with the wine. The article also appears on a Nashville lifestyle website, SoundsLikeNashville.com. Below is an excerpt.

“When you think of summer drinking, you probably think of chilled white wines and fruit-forward rosés. But it turns out that reds are actually great for grilling. We’ve rounded up six wines, plus what to pair them with, so that you’ll be ready for every weekend barbecue ahead.”

Click here to read the full list

 
8 July 2016 News

Time Out New York features the 2015 Rosé in the roundup story “Ten bottles of rosé that you can buy for less than $20.” Editor Dan Dao states “This balanced bottle strikes the perfect chord between the dry Provence standard and more liberally flavored newcomers. Here, that classic dryness is offset by a kick of fruity sweetness that makes it ideal for warm-weather, summer drinking.” Here’s an excerpt:

“With the year’s first heat wave scorching its way through Gotham, New Yorkers are seeking comfort every way possible—from iced coffee to ice cream and, of course, chilly glasses of rosé. Yet, despite all the fantastic wine bars the city has to offer, sometimes all you want is to pop open a bottle of vino in the comfort of your own air-conditioned home. From newcomers on Long Island to the standbys of Provence, here are 10 stellar bottles of rosé you can buy in NYC for less than $20.”

Click here to see the full list