Sunday, June 5, 2016

Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2014, E.Guigal

Discover Great Taste's Wine tip for the summer of 2016!

Ron, our intrepid master chef and wine connoisseur, has come up with a fabulous new pick for the already sultry summer of 2016. The Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2014 from the house of Guigal in Ampuis, France.

The house of Guigal currently holds two generations of winemakers. Grandfather Etienne started the company shortly after WW II. Son Marcel and grandson Philippe now carry on the family tradition and their wines are revered by wine critics all over the world. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermitage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Their strict regime of elevating their wines up to 4 years on oak casks, has earned their top vineyards 'La Turque', ‘La Landonne’ and 'La Moulin' full marks in Parkers’wine reviews. With this wine, the Guigal dynasty proves once again that they can also produce fascinating wines for everyday at reasonable cost. And that is what we at Discover Great Taste like the most.

The 2014 vintage of their Côtes du Rhône Blanc has been made of 65% Viognier and several other varieties such as Bourboulenc, Clairette, Marsanne and Roussanne. As Ron puts it: “The 2014 is a top vintage, elegant and with faultless style on the palate. It’s a smoking value to drink this summer and over the coming 1-2 years".

Tasting notes

In the nose, this wine is very complex with ripe soft fruit such as peach, apricot and melon. Hints of Mirabelle prunes and flowers are accompanied by spicy flavors such as ginger, anise and white pepper. Yours truly also detected a suggestion of canned tangerines.

In the mouth, this wine is full and very intense, with a nice balance between large, round flavors and elegance, minerals and fruit. Full, but not too heavy, this wine lingers delightfully on the palate with recollections of stone fruit and spices.

Food pairing

This full bodied and elegant white wine goes very well with the obvious poultry, fish and seafood. But it would also make a very good companion of Oriental dishes such as a (mild) Thai curry.

In the Netherlands, the Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2014, E.Guigal can be purchased at Albert Heijn, amongst other suppliers.

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