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Rhône Valley Guigual - Saint-Joseph 2009

£20.99

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
Limestone and pebbly sand.

Grape variety
95% Marsanne, 5% Roussanne.

Average age of vines
20 to 50 years. The vines are mainly situated in the communes of Tournon and Sarras

Winemaking
Temperature controlled fermentation at around 18°C

Ageing
Stainless steel and oak barrels

Tasting
Eye : Brilliant clear straw yellow.

Nose : Powerful and complex nose. Strong notes of white flowers. Delicate oak aromas.

Palate : A clean supple attack. Very aromatic finish with pears and citrus fruits.

Overall : Exceptionally fresh and fruity. Round and powerful on the palate.

Our comment
This wine is produced from grapes from the two estates of Jean-Louis GRIPPAT and VALLOUIT as well from grapes and wines purchased in the trade.

Serving temperature
10°C to 12°C

Wine Advocate # 193 - Feb 2011
Score : 90

Atypically for Guigal, the 2009 St.-Joseph Blanc is already in bottle. Seductive aromas of apricots, anise, white flowers and powdered rock are present in this dry, medium to full-bodied, richly fruity, intense white. Admirably showcasing the greatness of this vintage, it should drink nicely for 4-5 years. Drink: 2011 - 2016. Robert Parker.

Ageing potential
5 years

Food and wine matching
Starters, fish, goats cheese