This arresting wine of Guigal’s invites us to bountiful yet elegant herbaceous aromas of braised juniper berries, herbs de Provence underscored by ample cooked raspberries, cherries and a dash of chocolate. This composition is delivered through a deep ruby coloured, calming tannins with well integrated acidity extending to a soothing finish to the palate. Can drink from now and over the next decade.
Region: Côte-Rôtie (Brune & Blonde plots).
Brand: Brune et Blonde de Guigal.
Variety: 96% Syrah, 4% Viognier.
Quality category: Appellation Côte-Rôtie Contrôlée.
*Vineyard: Silicone limestone, iron oxide/ Vines age 35/ 35Hl/ha. / 280.000l/year.
*Winemaking: Closed stainless steel tanks in controlled temperature. Automatic punching down. Average 3 weeks in tanks/ Ageing 36 mo. in oak barrels 50% new oak.
*Story: The birth of his distinguished reputation begins with Monsieur Etienne Guigal in 1946 in Ampuis, a small village in Côte-Rôtie, while working at Vidal-Fleury. His son Marcel took over the Maison, when Etienne was temporarily ill. His son Phillipe is today the winemaker “oenologist”. Today they own several Domains from Côte-Rôtie all the way to the south Châteauneuf-du-Pape, including Château d’Ampui, barrel making centre and where ageing takes place.
*Label: The design and colours of the wine collections are easily identifiable. The labels, both on the neck and body are light yellow coloured, with gold framing and a red circle. On top with the vintage and on the bottom with the initials of EG. In the middle is the appellation’s name, followed by the AOC and the brand name. Bottom of the frame is written E.Guigal. The background shows the river surrounded by the slopes. You cannot miss this bottle.
*Accolade: HEV level III certified (High Environmental Value). Innumerable awards and one of the best beloved collectible wines (reference previous post of the La La’s collection).
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