Wine E. Guigal, Gigondas, 2012
Reviews of purchase E. Guigal, Gigondas, 2012
Wine purple-red color with purple reflections.
Taste wine generous, full-bodied, powerful, tannic notes and a long, elegant finish.
The aroma of wine - intense, with notes of stone fruit, licorice and nuances of undergrowth.
The wine goes well with game, red meats and cheeses.
Gigondas wine blend consists of three grape varieties - Grenache (65%), Mourvèdre (25%) and Syrah (5%), grown in the vineyards of the appellation Zhigondas. The average age of the vines is 40 years. The vineyards are located on alluvial soils with a high content of red clay and gravel. The wine is aged for 2 years in oak barrels, half of which - new. The wine should be drunk now, and it has good storage potential - at least 10 years.
Etienne Guigal founded his winery, known around the world today, in 1946, in the old village Ampyui. Son of Etienne Marcel Guigal, began to help his father and work at the winery at a fairly young age, eventually succeeding his older, suddenly blinded father. Marseille invested in the family business not only all his strength, but also the soul. Today, 29-year-old son Marcel - Philippe Guigal family winemaking tradition continues. He served as chief enologist of "Guigal" and has 3 degrees. Speaking about it, Robert Parker said that over the past 20 years have not seen such a winemaker who is so fanatically cares about the quality of its wines. His word is not an exaggeration: the current owner of Guigal - a real perfectionist, and this feature helps it to produce a number of truly great wines. Philip faithful to the traditions laid down by his grandfather Etienne, and withstands wine for a longer period than other manufacturers Rhone Valley. Thus, the elite wine "Guigal, Cote-Rotie" spends in oak barrels for 36 to 42 months. Striving for perfection led Philip to install new equipment at the winery and build a new cellar.
The company owns Guigal truly unique vineyards - the oldest in France, planted more than 2,400 years ago. Another feature is that some of them are located on the 65-degree slope are processed manually. In addition, for protection against insects use only eco-friendly practices, so by guilt most clearly reflect the diversity of soils Rhone Valley.