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The Northern Rhône Wines of E. Guigal

Tasting notes, scores and critiques of the white, rosé and purple wines made by well-known Rhône producer Etienne Guigal.

To study extra concerning the producer itself, learn E. Guigal vineyard profile or click on on the picture beneath.

Guigal has a fairly intensive vary of wines from all around the valley of the Rhone river from North to South. But, Guigal relies and is traditionally a producer of Northern Rhone appellations akin to Cote-Rôtie and Condrieu.

Beneath is an introduction to the wines from the Northern Rhone, usually made out of the identical grape varieties as is the South (Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vacqueyras, and so on.) with Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne however with a crispier, extra restrained and crisp expression.

2016 E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage White

Rating: 89/100 factors

95% Marsanne and 5% Roussanne. 30,000 bottles made yearly of this white wine. Retails for about $ 25-$ 30 within the US.

General Evaluation Notes & Tasting Impressions

Floral nostril, elderflower and lily with touches of mandarine and oak (vanilla and caramel) on a tropical fruit, mango background. The palate is dry and crisp with a salivating and juicy acidity. A burst of pungent pear, citrus and peach flavors. Nice stability between a spherical physique and acidic rigidity. Barely bitter end with delicate phenolics. Vibrant and chic.

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2016 E. Guigal Saint-Joseph Lieu-Dit White

Rating: 91+/100 factors

95% Marsanne and 5% Roussanne. Single winery particular web site on a hill across the city of Saint-Joseph. This particular lieu-dit, registered on the French cadastre (official maps utilized by the French administrations) is the one which provides its title to the appellation. The label was designed by Roger PFUND, a Franco-Swiss artist who’s a specialist within the design of financial institution notes. All fermented in oak barrels, 50% new oak barrels and 50% barrels of 1 wine used barrels.

General Evaluation Notes & Tasting Impressions

Honey and beeswax nostril blended with floral parts of lily in addition to spiced up clove and cinnamon. Complicated, charming and intriguing to scent at. The flavors of beeswax and floral character additionally dominate the palate. Excessive complexity of flavors with a protracted and layered end. Brioche, caramel, nutmeg, and apricot. Layer after layer coming by on a protracted end boasting a large focus of fruit.

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2015 E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage Purple

Rating: 90/100 factors

A 100% Syrah wine aged for 18 months in oak barrels. 450,000 bottles of it are produced annual for a retail value round $ 30-$ 35 within the USA.

General Evaluation Notes & Tasting Impressions

Comparatively introvert nostril, spicy notes of black pepper typical of the marginally reductive expression of Syrah. Recent vibrant blackberry and blackcurrant aromas, toffee and purple apple. Decant a strong half-hour earlier than serving.

The palate is dry and bursting with crisp acidity. Tannins are slightly austere and edgy at this stage, suggesting this can be a wine to be aged for one more couple of years earlier than having fun with.

Juiciness and freshness of the purple berry characters, well-integrated oak make for a harmonious wine however a sure sense of French rusticity and French rusticity. A wine of terroir and character.

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2015 E. Guigal Saint-Joseph Vignes de l’Hospices

Rating: 94+/100 factors

Constituted of 100% Syrah made out of a single winery web site that used to belong to the native hospital. 20 to 80 years previous vines on steep slopes of granite soil. The wine was aged for 30 months in new oak barrels.

General Evaluation Notes & Tasting Impressions

An enormous darkish and dense coloration, nonetheless that includes purple hues for a nearly-black look. The nostril smells darkish and ripe, blackberry and blackcurrant jam, nutmeg, vanilla, darkish espresso and chocolate. This has a deep and critical fragrant profile, that includes each the ripeness and fruit depth of a tremendous Australian Shiraz, with the refinement and class of a French Northern-Rhone Syrah.

The palate encompasses a world of easy tannins mixed with concentrated acidity for an impressive general stability.

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2016 E. Guigal Hermitage White

Rating: 91+/100 factors

95% Marsanne, 5% Roussanne. Vines common 30 to 90 years. The wine is aged is used oak barrels. About 13,000 bottles of it are made by Guigal yearly. Retails round $ 50 within the US.

General Evaluation Notes & Tasting Impressions

With a shiny gold coloration, the wine bursts with apricot and stonefruit aromas mixed with a heap of buttery aromas. The entire smells like a wealthy lemon tart sprinkled with cinnamon and clove. This can be a dry wine with a juicy acidity and strong minerality. A big rounded and comforting physique makes for a wealthy stability enjoyably resulting in a protracted end. Layers of recent fruit, citrus and white peach. Caramel, darkish French-coffee, candy spices. Immense size. A wine you may nonetheless style greater than two minutes after tasting which is uncommon.

Quite a bit goes on on this crisp, pungent and super-complex punchy white. Finesse and class mixed to the facility of ripe fruit character.

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2014 E. Guigal Hermitage Purple

Rating: 93+/100 factors

100% Syrah made out of vines averaging 30 years of age on limestone clay and silt soil and sandy gravel. The wine was aged for 36 months (Three years certainly which is a really very long time!) in oak barrels (50% new). Retails round $ 70 within the US or £55 kilos within the UK.

General Evaluation Notes & Tasting Impressions

With a decently darkish purple coloration for a Syrah, this Hermitage smells ripe with notes of blackberry and darkish cherry. Darkish espresso and chocolate, nutmeg and spicy clove full a big spectrum of aromas to the nostril.

The palate may be very convincing, giant and round-bodied filling your mouth with a dense and refined velvety construction. The acidity is pungent, mentioning the vibrancy of the cherry fruit characters. Extraordinarily complicated and layered tasting expertise, but it’s all delivered with definition and a way of management.

Different Evaluation of Lots of Guigal Wines

2012 E. Guigal Château d’Ampuis Côte-Rôtie, Rhône, France

2010 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France

2012 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rouge, France

2012 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Rhone

2014 E. Guigal Condrieu, Rhone, France

2015 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rosé, France

2014 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc, France

2017 Domaine Brusset ‘Custom Le Grand Montmirail’ Gigondas Crimson Wine, Rhône

Rating: 91/100 Factors

Domaine Brusset is household property vineyard established in 1947 and situated within the Southern Rhône valley’s city of Cairanne, France.

Based by André Brusset (1910-1999), the Domaine is run by the third-generation vigneron on the property (André’s son Daniel, and his grand-son Laurent).

Views over Domaine Brusset vineyards in Rhone, France

With a complete winery floor space in manufacturing of 70 hectares, Brusset makes wines underneath 5 Rhone appellations: Gigondas, Cairanne, Rasteau, Côtes-du-Rhône, and Ventoux.

Crimson wines account for 90% of Brusset’s manufacturing (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Carignan) whereas rosé and white are additionally made (whites constituted of Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, Clairette).

The ‘Custom Le Grand Montmirail’ cuvée reviewed here’s a Gigondas wine constituted of a purple mix of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault gowned on stony terraced vineyards on alluvions and molasses going through south.

Yields are comparatively low at 30 hl/ha (about 14 tons per acre). Grapes are hand-picked whereas fermentation is run in vats for 21 days with every day pigeages (punch downs).

Ageing takes place for 60% in vats and 40% in used demi-muids barrels.

Discover beneath my tasting notes for 2017 Domaine Brusset ‘Custom Le Grand Montmirail’ Gigondas Crimson.

General Evaluation Notes & Tasting Impressions

A deep and profound purple colour with a heap of darkish purple hues suggests a younger and concentrated wine, making for an inviting look.

The fragrant profile remains to be younger and comparatively shy nonetheless, however the wine comes by fruity total with darkish blackberry tones to the nostril. It’s spicy as effectively with a wealth of peppery and clovy characters.

Clean and dense tannins on a juicy, dry, and vibrant acidity present a comforting, highly effective and deep tasting expertise. Darkish chocolate, cherry black-forest cake, and a chili-like spiciness explode on the palate in wealthy and warming, satisfying sensations.

A really promising dry and concentrated dense purple wine, sure to change into a posh, lengthy and totally charming and sifting purple do you have to give it 2-Three years to settle and open up.

From there it ought to age harmoniously for as much as 10 years, however we now have right here a wine meant to be loved comparatively younger to get pleasure from probably the most of its lovely fruity vibrancy.

Drink between 2020 and 2025.

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Julien Miquel

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How Good is Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône Pink?

Wine Overview of 2015 Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône Rouge, France

Rating: 89+/100 factors

This Cotes du Rhone by négociant Maison Vidal Fleury (established 1781 in Southern France) is a mix of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, and 5% Carignan aged on lees 70% in tanks and 30% in giant oak vats (foudres).

About 400Okay bottles of this cuvée are produced yearly, making of this Cotes du Rhone an reasonably priced and broadly accessible Southern French crimson wine.

It retails within the US round $ 15-$ 20 (£10 – €12). This 2015 was scored 88/100 factors by Robet Parker of The Wine Advocate and 89/100 by the Wine Spectator.

However how good is it?

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Watch my assessment and tasting feedback in video as I attempted the wine in entrance of the digicam, or learn my notes additional down under.

Total Wine Overview Notes & Tasting Impressions

A darkish and intense wine in its look, and a relatively profound one in its fragrant profile for a Cotes du Rhone made by a négociant.

It appears to be like and smells deep, maybe helped by the truth that this can be a Three-year-odl wine already (classic 2015 whilst you typically discover Cotes du Rhone wines which might be just one or 2 years previous solely available on the market).

Juicy aromas of blackberry compete with raspberry jam, a contact of natural grassiness like basil, and a warming and comforting pepperiness (maybe from the Syrah within the mix) is to be smelt predominantly.

On the palate, the wine feels each very clean and beneficiant, in addition to crisp and dry from such a salivating acidity.

Tannins are comfortable, whereas the physique is coating and underlining positively the generosity of the ripe crimson berry fruit taste characters.

Whereas some heat from the alcohol is to be felt (which is considerably comforting if you happen to like ripe blackberry or cherry flavors), the entire really feel dry and barely earthy on the identical time, making for a vinous wine that guarantees to be very meals pleasant.

Meals & Wine Pairings?

It’s going to actually stand up to flavorful dishes comparable to pizzas, pasta dishes and barbecues or grilled meats due to its opulent physique, comfortable texture, and pushed chili-like peppery spiciness.

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Julien Miquel

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How Good is Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône White?

Wine Assessment of 2017 Maison Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône Blanc, France

Rating: 88/100

This French Côtes du Rhône white wine by well-known home Vidal-Fleury is a mix dominated by a 88% Viognier with a 12% Grenache Blanc 12%, and the remaining 10% made up with different native grape varieties.

Grapes have been harvested each by hand and utilizing machine across the finish of August 2017. After a pores and skin contact for about 30% of the grapes to extract extra aromas and physique, and direct urgent for the opposite 70% the wine was fermentation in stainless-steel tanks with chosen yeast at a managed temperature at 18°C (a reasonably low 64°F).

No malolactic fermentation. Ageing on lees was run with common bâtonnage (lees stirring however no contact with oak barrels) for about 6 months. The wine was filtered as soon as however not filtered earlier than bottling.

Total Tasting Notes & Impressions

With a vivid and only a tiny however pale a lemon-yellow colour that includes hints of orange hues, this Rhone white shines with floral and warming fruity aromas.

Acidic apricot, lily, elderflower and recent white peach dominate the fragrant profile. Hints of savory yeasty notes are to be smelt as effectively, suggesting an ageing on lees, including depth and a few nice smokiness in a world of vivid and ripe fruit.

This can be a dry white wine, with ok an acidity to really feel to make the fruity summery fruit flavors really feel refreshing. However that is additionally a textural wine with considerably of an oily physique coating your palate and refined silky phenolics including granulosity and a savory barely bitter style to the end.

A beneficiant and comforting white, that includes crisp and clear fruity and floral characters, and including spiciness, smokiness, and depth of leesy flavors to a warming and ripe fruity stability.

A Rhone wine constructed to be paired simply with all forms of summery meals, barbecues, antipasti, tapas, salads, vegetable or vegetarian dishes in addition to seafoods or grilled meats.

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Julien Miquel

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How Good is Domaine Berthète Sensation Rhône Crimson?

Wine Overview of 2016 JP Bourgeois Domaine de la Berthète Cuvée Sensation Côtes du Rhône, France

Rating: 90+/100

Made by Domaine de la Berthète in Southern France, the cuvee ‘Sensation’ was made in collaboration with and distributed within the USA by JP Bourgeois.

From a mix of 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 20% Carignan, and 5% Cinsault, aged for 12 months in stainless-steel tanks (85%) and in French oak barrels (15%), and provided that JP Bourgeois claims that they “provide probably the greatest and most complete alternatives of wines underneath $ 15 retail”, this might show to be an fascinating French Rhone wine.

In truth, bought round $ 11 and $ 13 within the USA (ex-tax), it may in truth be a steal, if it’s any good!

Let’s discover out…

That is how JP Bourgeois describes the challenge and the wine:

So, How Good is Domaine de la Berthète Cuvée Sensation Crimson?

Tasting Notes

This Rhone purple is available in a quite darkish and intense ruby purple shade stuffed with youthful purple hues, betraying each its obvious focus and its younger age.

The nostril is predominantly fruity, though feeling nonetheless fairly introvert and restrained, like a wine in want of additional ageing to get totally mature.

Darkish cherry and recent raspberry are coated in a decent darkish cocoa and clove envelope, whereas a contact of lifted vegetal spices resembling fennel and inexperienced pepper give a pleasing spicy tone that makes issues fairly fascinating.

Put the wine in your mouth, and the palate reveals a dry and granulous wine, with clean velvety tannins that really feel like high-quality grains of sand or grains of clay I suppose could be extra correct.

Flavors are generously fruity, dominated by juicy darkish and acidic cherry notes, elegantly coated in delicate caramel and vanilla. The entire feels tremendous gentle and salivating, vibrant from the dry really feel mixed with the juicy acidity, ending on a salivating barely salty end.


A Rhone wine with loads of likable characters. Clean and pungently fruity, it’s also savory, bitter and salty, with edgy younger tannins offering a salivating food-friendly vinosity.

Ensure that to decant, or ought to I say aerate aplenty a slid half-hour earlier than serving. Clearly the wine opens up and settles with time after opening and throughout the glass.

A younger wine at this stage, it’s nice already, however will definitely profit in depth and common steadiness from at a yr or two of additional ageing within the bottle. From there, drink inside 5 to 7 years (2019-2026) and you’ll actually get pleasure from a balanced and vigorous purple.

Presumably headed in direction of the 91-92/100 rating mark ought to it acquire size and a extra refined texture over a number of months/years of maturing.

Given the value tag, it’s arduous to argue this Cuvée Sensation by Domaine de la Berthète will impress the discerning wine lovers in quest of dry and savory purple in a typical European, characterful and mineral type. An age-worthy wine at this pricing degree can be fairly uncommon!

Wine & Meals Pairings

Pair with generously-tasty dishes, of Mediterranean or oriental affect. Tomato, basil and mozzarella salad for instance, a spicy tajine, or a chic Italian tomato paste dish come to thoughts as the proper every-day-life typically-European matches.

In any means, I’d counsel to go for shiny, generously flavored and barely natural and/or spicy recipe.

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Julien Miquel

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