2018 E Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rouge
This entry level Southern Rhone bottling from Guigal is composed of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre. It is sourced from various soils containing sediment, limestone, granite and pebbles. Guigal uses traditional winemaking methods in crafting this wine along with long soaking on the skins. It is aged for 1½ years in large oak vats “foudres” to minimize both oak extraction and oxidation.
This medium ruby wine opens with delicate floral aromas of spring flowers and rustic spices. The middle core is nicely textured with a ripe compote of red and blue fruits held together with savory spices and sandalwood. The silky tannins are ripe and carry through to a long finish. The purity of the Guigal style shines through.
I have tasted the E Guigal Côtes du Rhône from several vintages over the years and am always impressed on how much depth and complexity this wine possesses for a Côtes du Rhône. Interestingly, this wine can age gracefully and shows secondary characteristics over time.
By W Peter Hoyne