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.
2010 CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE ROUGE
This stunning red from the famous southern Rhone village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape is comprised of a blend, built around 70% old vines Grenache, with 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and the final 5% made up of 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 Chateauneuf-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 Rhone herbs like Rosemary, Thyme and Lavender are lovely flavour additions to your favourite “meat-tooth” indulgences.
“A stunning effort and showing the class of the vintage, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is comprised of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre that spent 24 months in foudre prior to bottling. Rich, textured and medium to full-bodied, with ample black cherry, olive tapenade and subtle meatiness, this traditional effort stays pure and lively, with fine tannin emerging on the finish. It can be consumed now or cellared for over a decade.”
Jeb Dunnuck – RobertParker.com
Wine: Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
Origin: Southern Rhone, France
LCBO #: 727503