Who makes it?
Guigal’s history is in the Cote Rotie in the Northern Rhone rather than down south in the Cotes du Rhone. Over time, Guigal has developed expertise in other Northern Rhone regions. And in this century, the family Guigal has continued their march further afield to include this Cotes du Rhone. Another that I am looking forward to tasting is the Guigal Chateauneuf du Pape.
How they make it?
Being a Northern Rhone specialist, it goes without saying that Syrah leads in this Cotes du Rhone making up half the blend. There is also about 40% Grenache and a goodly dollop of Mourvedre. What is also quite surprising for a wine of this level, is that the average vine age of over 30 years old. It has also had a considerable 18 months in large oak called foudres.
What does it taste like?
This is a fruity wine with a definite savoury appeal. The raspberry fruit has been enriched with some gentle cinnamon thanks to that time languishing in large format and old oak and it has more than a hint of sage. It is fuller bodied, with a fresh flush of acid, powdery soft tannins and a finish of sweet raspberry jam.
What to drink with it?
This is an excellent choice with lamb, or with wild boar sausages with truffled mash.
Cheddar, aged gouda.
Quickie review «A heart warming savoury red from the Cotes du Rhone that is very moreish.»
Country of Origin: Cotes du Rhone AOC, France
Tasting Date: November 2020
Price: UK£12 | US$12 | € 9 | AU$24
Drink: now – 5+ years
Needs food: no
If you like this Southern French red, you might check out:
Domaine Begude Espirit Pinot Noir
Domaine l’Aigueliere Cote du Rousse