Domaine E. Guigal is one of France’s iconic wine producers with one of the world’s most sought after and collectible line-ups of wines. In 1946, the Guigal estate was founded by Etienne Guigal in Ampuis – the heart of the Côte Rôtie – in one of the greatest Syrah terroirs. With a winemaking history dating back more than 2,400 years, these slopes offered equal measures of extreme winemaking and farming challenges, juxtaposed against the gift of deep, dark, complex and age-worthy nectars born from these impossibly steep “roasted slopes”. Through the acquisition of several neighbouring properties, the Guigal range today includes wines grown across the most celebrated villages of both the northern and southern Rhône Valley, including Saint-Joseph, Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Condrieu, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas and Tavel.
Wines produced under the Guigal label are all vinified at the historic Château d’Ampuis, an ancient “fotress” originally built in the 12th century and later expanded and renovated in the 16th century. Today, the Guigal family takes immense joy in building on the family legacy of sharing the emotions and expressions of the great wines coaxed from these rich, privileged terroirs. From the humble and delicious Côtes du Rhône, through the rare, single-vineyard Côte Rôtie bottlings, the entire range reflects the Guigal family’s tremendous pride in and dedication to showcasing the viticultural potential of this ancient winemaking region.
Produced from a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre, this classic southern Rhône red is a product of 40+ year old vineyards. Following extended maceration, this wine is allowed to age slowly over 2 years in oak barrels – 50% of which are new. The end result is a powerful and elegant wine offering soft tannins and rich, complex red and black fruit flavours and hallmark spicy complexity.
This wine has the potential to age gracefully for up to 10 years and is ideally served between 16° and 18° Celsius. The best food matches for this 2014 Gigondas include red meat, game, and full-flavoured cheeses.
“A ripe, blackberry and cherry core of fruits amid an open-knit, sweetly-fruited and slightly confected mulberry and red plum finish.” –James Suckling
90 / 100 Points
Producer: E. Guigal
Origin: Southern Rhône, France
LCBO #: 331900