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Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose 2016

Rosé from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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13.5% ABV
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3.8 30 Ratings
13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2016 has a wonderful fresh nose of red fruits – raspberry and redcurrant – and citrus. The fruit persists on the palate, in a wonderfully fine and round structure. The balance, complexity, and refinement give the wine an overall sense of elegance.

Blend: 60% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 10% Syrah

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
A tried and true favorite of mine E. Guigal has produced a solid and delicious Côtes du Rhône Rosé in the 2016 vintage. This wine is bright and lively. Showing loads of tart raspberry and cranberry flavors, this would be an excellent pairing choice with fresh salmon sashimi and arugula. (Tasted: October 27, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Cotes du Rhone Rose is another fine example of this wine. From a top-notch vintage, it bursts with red berries and citrus fruit, exuding freshness and life. Drink this silky-textured, medium-bodied lovely over the next several months—it's one of the few Guigal wines that doesn't receive extended élevage or particularly reward aging.
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Guigal, Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Côte-Rôtie. 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 career, participated in the development of the Vidal-Fleury establishment.

Despite his young age, Marcel Guigal took over from his father in 1961 when the latter was victim to a brutal illness rendering him blind. Marcel's hard work and perseverance enabled the Guigals to buy out Vidal-Fleury in 1984, although the establishment retains its own identity and commercial autonomy. In 2000, the Guigals purchased the Jean-Louis Grippat estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage, as well as the Domaine de Vallouit in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.

In the cellars of the Guigal estate in Ampuis, the northern appellations of the Rhône Valley are produced and aged. These are the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. The great appellations of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône, are also aged in the Ampuis cellars.

Cotes du Rhone

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Typically though if as a baby Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the term Cotes du Rhone actually doesn’t merely apply to the flatter outskirts of that and other more major southern Rhone appellations, it also includes the fringes of well-respected northern Rhone appellations. White can be produced under the appellation name, but very little is actually made.

The region offers some of the best values in France and even some first-rate and age-worthy reds. Red varieties include most of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape varieties like Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsaut, and Counoise, as well as Carignan. White grapes grown include Grenache blanc, Roussanne and Viognier, among others.

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