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 Côte Rôtie 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 Rhône Valley, including Saint-Joseph, Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Condrieu, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigongas and Tavel. Wines produced under the Guigal label are all vinified at the historic Château 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 Côtes-du-Rhône through the expensive and rare single vineyard Côte Rôtie 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.
2011 CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE ROUGE
This stunning red from the famous southern Rhône village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is comprised of a blend, built around 80% old vines Grenache, with 10% Syrah, and the final 10% made up of Mourvedre and small bits of other local grapes. Overall, the vineyards used to produce this fine red average more than 45 years of age. With the potential to age and evolve over the next 15-18 years, this red is a perfect selection to enjoy today with full-flavoured meat dishes, and watch evolve over the next decade or two.
Fine Châteauneuf-du-Pape such as this is a carnivore’s dream wine. This burly, spicy, rich and complex red is one of the defining matches for red meats like beef, lamb and game. Whether we look at finer cuts adorned with velvety rich sauces or more flavourful cuts slow roasted or braised, this is a can’t miss pick. Local aromatic Rhône herbs like Rosemary, Thyme and Lavender are lovely flavour additions to your favourite “meat-tooth” indulgences.
“…The 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape (80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre and other permitted varieties) is a great example of the vintage and has an upfront, perfumed, sexy style. Garrigue, incense, kirsch, lavender and black raspberry qualities flow nicely to a medium to full-bodied, rounded supple Chateauneuf du Pape that will drink nicely on release and evolve relatively quickly.”
–J. Dunnuck, RobertParker.com
Producer: E. Guigal
Wine: Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
Origin: Southern Rhône, France
LCBO #: 727503