Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2019
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.
2019 is another excellent vintage for the Rhône Valley, with exceptional potential quality in both the North and South. A dry spring was followed by a moderate summer featuring three distinct heat spikes; harvest occurred normally in mid-September. The grapes were ripe and concentrated with excellent natural acidity, and the wines are rich but balanced and expressive. Another superb vintage for the region.
The 2019 Rosé shows the richness and high quality of the vintage. The wine is medium to full bodied, with fresh flavors of plums and raspberries framed by incisive minerality and refreshing acidity. An excellent introduction to what is yet another exceptional year in the Southern Rhône.
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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