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Wine Spectator Producer Spotlight: E. Guigal

October 28, 2020

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James Molesworth of Wine Spectator feature’s legendary Rhône Valley producer E. Guigal in this weeks producer spotlight. Molesworth says that, despite the recent purchases of Domaine Les Clefs d’Or and Domaine de Nalys Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the Guigal name is “synonymous with the Côte-Rôtie appellation.” Molesworth continues, breaking down the legendary single vineyard “La La” wines, while giving equal praise to more attainable wines such as the Brune et Blonde, St. Joseph reds, and Condrieu.

Read the full feature, with reviews of the new vintages, HERE.

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    E. Guigal

    E. Guigal Condrieu 2018

    Condrieu

    Condrieu is the ancestral home of the Viognier vine and is the source of one of the world's most exotic white wines. In the mid-20th century, only 20 acres of Viognier remained in Condrieu, leaving the grape and the appellation in serious jeopardy. Guigal was instrumental in bringing this appellation back from near extinction, and today supplements the grapes from their own vineyards with grapes purchased from numerous small growers, ultimately vinifying nearly one-third of the entire appellation.

    E. Guigal

    E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde 2017

    Côte-Rôtie

    Guigal is synonymous with the Côte-Rôtie area, for bringing this great wine region to prominence, and for owning three times as much land as next largest land-owner, vinifying 1/3 of the total appellation, and unquestionably holding the finest sites in this tiny, special area. The incredible Syrah from this area, co-fermented with a touch of Viognier, has tremendously balanced concentration, depth and finesse.

    E. Guigal

    E. Guigal Saint-Joseph Blanc 2018

    While the reds of Saint-Joseph are today one of the most exciting stories in the Rhone Valley, the minuscule production of whites, in the hands of the best producers, are absolutely thrilling and in a perhaps less extreme way than the other great whites of the region, namely in Hermitage and Condrieu. Get them while they're still affordable.

    E. Guigal

    E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Château d’Ampuis 2016

    Côte-Rôtie

    The Guigal family spent 15 years restoring Château d'Ampuis, a historic property whose oldest sections date to the 11th century. The Château d’Ampuis has been the symbol of the town of Ampuis and the world-renowned Côte-Rôtie vineyard area for ten centuries. When the Guigal family learned that there was at one time a wine produced with the Château d’Ampuis name, they decided to produce an exceptional wine that would showcase the best that Côte-Rôtie has to offer.

    E. Guigal

    Saint-Joseph Lieu Dit Rouge 2017

    Saint-Joseph

    A result of its quality, Guigal’s Saint-Joseph Lieu Dit Rouge comes from the “Saint-Joseph” vineyard that gives the appellation its name. This site convinced the Guigals to work in Saint-Joseph and help to restore the historic perception of Saint-Joseph as an appellation of utmost quality. The 100% Syrah wine has complex and deep black fruit, floral, spice and mineral characteristics. Despite its concentration and powerful attack, the wine retains the trademark elegance that Saint-Joseph offers.

    E. Guigal

    E. Guigal Saint-Joseph 2017

    Saint-Joseph

    Saint-Joseph today is one of the most exciting appellations in the Rhone Valley, and dare we say all of France. The work by leading producers such as Guigal, energy from young growers, and recognition (really, re-discovery) of sites capable of making wines of extraordinary depth and complexity; of the same family as its famous neighbor in Hermitage, but with a distinct suppleness and elegance.

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    E. Guigal

    Rhône Valley, France

    The more you learn about the Guigal family, the more astounding becomes their story.  Their wines are the benchmarks for every Rhone appellation, and over the last thirty years they have become arguably the most lauded producer in the world.  Year after year the Guigal family produces wines of exceptional quality that in all classes offer exceptional value.