Guigal St. Joseph Lieu-Dit Blanc 2012

Rhone White Blends from Rhone, France

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Item No. 131742
  • RP92
  • ST92
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

Saint Joseph Blanc is a serious and excellent wine, with weight and complexity but not so imposing as Hermitage Blanc. It is arguably better than the red at the same price. The "Lieu Dit Saint Joseph," from one of the very finest vineyards in the appellation, is deeper and richer, with the added complexity gained by 6 months aging in 2nd year barrels. It drinks well young, but should age and improve for several years beyond the vintage.

Blend: 93% Marsanne, 7% Roussanne

Critical Acclaim

"Even better and one thrilling white, the 2012 Saint Joseph Lieu-Dit Blanc, which comes from the vineyard that gave the appellation its name, is a smoking blend of 93% Marsanne and 7% Roussanne that’s brought up all in new oak barrels. Rich, textured and full-bodied, it oozes notions of caramelized peaches, toast, cream and brioche. It’s knockout stuff and should drink nicely for over a decade (although I’d drink it over the coming couple of years). "
92 Points

"Bright yellow. Fresh peach, lemon pith, smoky oak and honeysuckle on the highly perfumed nose, with an iodine nuance building in the glass. Firm and youthfully taut, in a distinctly steely style but showing seriously concentrated pit and orchard fruit character. Finishes spicy, stony and very long, with excellent clarity and resonating minerality."
92 Points

Learn About Guigal Map ItMap It

The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Cote-Rotie. In these vineyards that are over 2400 years old, you can still see the small terraced walls characteristic of the Roman period. Etienne Guigal arrived in this region in 1923 at the age of 14. He made wine for over 67 vintages and, at the beginning of his...

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Learn About Other Rhône

Other appellations of the Rhône include: in the North – St-Péray, Chateau Grillet; in the South – Lirac, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Tricastin, Rasteau

Learn About Rhone White Blends

White Rhone blends consist of two or more white grapes from its namesake region. This includes Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. Other white grapes may be included in miniscule amounts, but the above four are the principles. In the Rhone, Viognier is typically alone in the Northern Rhone and absent in the Southern Rhone, although, in the north, 20% of the variety...

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