Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2018
Côtes du Rhône
The Guigal family has made serious rosé wines since the 1940s, and their Côtes du Rhône Rosé, like all their Côtes du Rhône wines, is humble in name only. The wine bursts with irresistible fresh red fruits and yet is also long and satisfying. Because of its quality and body, it’s a rosé that you can bring to the table, and do so all year long. It is a rose that offers both refreshment and pleasure.
The Guigals work with fruit specifically grown to maker superior rosé wines. These vineyards consist of clay, limestone and alluvial soils. The 2018 is comprised of 70% Grenache, 20% Cinsault and 10% Syrah. Yields in these vineyards are a low 2.3 tons per acre and the vine average age is 25 years.
The handling in the winery is to create a wine of complex flavors, texture and structure. The wine, in fact, is handled in the same way as their far more limited Tavel wine, the single top appellation in France for rosé. The key is a masterful maceration followed by a long, cool fermentation that, because of the quality of the grapes, brings an array of fruit, mineral and even a touch of spice notes, as well as both an appetizing freshness and a frame that carries the wine along.
The 2018 vintage has brought another beautiful rosé from Guigal. The red grape harvest started at the beginning of September and the quality is remarkable. The spring started out wet, but benefited from ideal summer conditions and a welcomed bit of rain in August. The harvest revealed fruit of outstanding quality, showing beautiful perfume and balance.
Clear and brilliant, the nose is fresh and expressive with red fruits and citrus notes, particularly raspberry and redcurrant. The palate is fine, fruity and round. So nicely balanced and elegant, with the impressive array of flavors and textures shining through in perfect harmony.
Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah
Côtes du Rhône
Guigal uses only environmentally sustainable methods of pest, disease and weed control. They work to conserve biological diversity, water resources, soils and ecosystems on their land. Packaging materials are recyclable or biodegradable. Lastly, they are committed to achieving a zero waste target.
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Vinous Media - "Light bright orange. Taut and sharply focused on the nose, displaying mineral-tinged red fruit and orange pith aromas and a subtle floral overtone. Dry and precise on the palate, offering zesty red fruit flavors and a hint of candied lavender. Shows very good depth but comes off lithe, finishing with firm cut and floral-tinged persistence."
Wine Advocate - "Guigal's plump, medium-bodied 2018 Cotes du Rhone Rose is a reminder that this family firm continues to value flavor throughout its lineup. Hints of strawberries, white peach and melon join with citrus to make a bold impression yet one that's not inelegant, finishing long and silky."
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