Domaine E. Guigal is one of France’s iconic wine producers – and one of the most sought after and collectible line-ups of wines made anywhere in the world. The Guigal estate was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in Ampuis – the heart of the Cote Rotie in one of the great Syrah terroirs to be found anywhere. With a winemaking history dating back more than 2,400 years, these slopes offered equal measure of extreme winemaking and farming challenges, juxtaposed against the gift of deep, dark, complex and age-worthy nectars coaxed 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 Rhone Valley, including Saint Joseph, Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Condrieu, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigongas and Tavel. Wines produced under the Guigal label are all vinified at the historic Chateau d’Ampuis, an ancient “fotress” built originally in the 12th century, later expanded and renovated in the 16th century. Today, the Guigal family takes immense pleasure and pride in building on the family legacy of sharing the emotion and pleasures of the great wines coaxed from some of the greatest and most privileged terroirs found anywhere. From the humble and delicious Cotes-du-Rhone through the expensive and rare single vineyard Cote Rotie bottlings, the entire range produced at Guigal reflect the enormous pride and dedication of this family to showcasing the viticultural potential of this ancient winemaking region.
Produced from a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre, this classic southern Rhone 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 degree Celsius. The best food matches for this 2012 Gigondas include red meat, game and full-flavoured cheeses.
“This has a slightly firm edge of roasted alder and juniper, melded nicely into the core of dried currant, cherry and plum fruit. The finish picks up bay and warm paving stone notes. Shows good old-school character, with the spine to age a bit longer. Drink now through 2022.”
James Molesworth – WineSpectator.com
Producer: E. Guigal
Origin: Southern Rhone, France
LCBO #: 331900