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Rhône Valley Guigual - Condrieu 2011


The Guigal Estate was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in Ampuis, a small ancient village and cradle of the Côte-Rôtie appellation. It shelters a unique vineyard where the vines and the wines have been famous for 2,400 years.
The GUIGAL Estate vinifies and ages the wines of the Southern Rhône appellations in its cellars in Ampuis. The wines of the great Southern appellations Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône are also aged in these cellars.

Soil type
Sand and granite. Traditional cultivation on steep terraced slopes.

Grape variety
100 % Viognier.

Average age of vines
30 years.

Alcoholic fermentation at a low temperature in new barrels (1/3) and in stainless steel tanks (2/3). 100% Malolactic.

100% in New oak

Eye : Brilliant clear golden yellow.

Nose : Intensely flowery (violets), and fruity (apricot, peaches and citrus).

Palate : Fresh and round. Rich, unctuous and full bodied.

Overall : Harmonious with light acidity and round fleshy fruits.Delicate and elegant.

Serving temperature
12°C to 13°C.

Ageing potential
3 to 5 years

Food and wine matching
Aperitif, fois gras or scrambled eggs and truffles, delicate fish.

Wine Advocate #204 - Dec 2012
Score: 90

The 2011 Condrieu is another winner. This wine, which goes through complete malolactic fermentation and is aged in stainless steel tanks (two-thirds) and barrel (one-third), reveals plenty of lychee nut, honeysuckle and white peach notes in a crisp, fresh, elegant, long, substantial style. Robert Parker.