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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 typeSteep sloped vineyards. Gneiss with granite streaks. Lieu-Dit Cadastré « Saint-Joseph ».Grape variety95% Marsanne, 5% Roussanne.Average age of vines20 to 75 years.WinemakingTemperature controlled alcoholic fermentation at 18°C.Ageing50% new oak barrels. 50% barrels of one wine.Average yield33 Hl / hectare.TastingEye : Straw yellow with golden tints.Nose : Very complex with oaky floral notes.Hazlenuts and yellow fruit.Palate : Very full-bodied attack. Fleshy fruit and round palate.Overall : A balanced palate with complex aromas and a roundness which is very characteristic of this Saint-Joseph which comes from the best terroirs of the appellation.Our commentThis wine is a unique expression of the excellence of the lieu-dit « Saint-Joseph » appellation and these vineyards are from amongst the very best of this up-and-coming appellation in the northern Côtes-du-Rhône. These very slopes lent their name to the Saint-Joseph appellation when it was created. The label was designed by Roger PFUND, a Franco-Swiss artist who is a specialist in the design of bank notes.Serving temperature10°C to 12°CAgeing potential10 yearsFood and wine matchingFish, goats cheese.Wine Advocate #193 - Feb 2011Score : 91The 2007 St.-Joseph Lieu-Dit St.-Joseph Blanc is stunning. White peach, apricot marmalade, honeysuckle and candied citrus notes emerge from this full-bodied offering. After going through 100% malolactic, it reveals a Burgundian, rich style with the oak nicely balanced by the lavish fruit. Like most 2007s, it is an up-front effort and is best drunk over the next 4-5 years. Drink: 2011 - 2016. Robert Parker.