E. Guigal: Strength of Character in the Rhone Valley
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E. Guigal: Strength of Character in the Rhone Valley

“In the past 20 years I have spent visiting wineries and vingerons, I have never seen a producer so fanatical about quality as Marcel Guigal.” Robert Parker
Guigal Family

© Guigal Family

The House of E. Guigal is relatively young by French winemaking standards. Etienne Guigal, a youngest son, began working in the celebrated vineyards of Vidal-Fleury at the age of 14 in 1924, when his family could no longer afford to support him. After fifteen years of hard work, he had worked his way up to become the cellar master and by 1946 he had saved enough to start his own estate in Ampuis, the heart of the Cote Rotie appellation in the Rhone Valley. In 1961, his young son Marcel stepped in to take over the family business when his father was suddenly struck blind. Like his father and grandfather before him, today Philippe is the third generation of this tireless family to maintain the tradition of hard work and stunning wines.

Today this great producer delivers a wide array of wines from some of the best Northern and Southern Rhone Valley appellations: Cote Rotie, Saint Joseph, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Hermitage and more. Through careful investment and acquisition the estate encompasses over 150 acres of some of the best vineyards in the valley. Included among the properties are the historic vineyards of the Vidal-Fleury estate as well as the national historic monument of Chateau d’Ampuis, which after extensive renovation and careful planning is the headquarters and heart of the Guigal wines.

Chateau d'Ampuis

© Chateau d’Ampuis

With a classical production style that reflects a respect for nature and a passion for the wine itself, the Guigal family produces stunning and classic Rhone Valley blends. The steep terraced slopes demand careful viticulture, where old vines, some even dating back to 1890, require careful tending by hand and preservation of the soil. Utilizing low yields, organic viticulture, minimal intervention and long aging they have pioneered the single vineyard Cote Rotie wines for which they are justifiably famous. With a wide range of wines, the family consistently produces rich, flavorful and balanced wines that are a benchmark for quality in the Rhone Valley.

The Wines of E. Guigal

  • Gigondas 2010
  • Gigondas 2011
  • Cote de Rhone 2010
E. Guigal Gigondas 201089-91 Points, Robert Parker. A blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah. This wine is a Rhone Valley classic that offers notes of  spice, underbrush, loamy soil and mulled dark fruits. Medium bodied, rich and supple the chewy tannins lend focus and grip to the finish of the palate.

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E. Guigal Gigondas 2010 90Points, Wine Advocate. A blend of 65% Grenache,  25% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah the 2011 Gigondas is a classic exemplar of the Rhone Valley. Rich with flavors of cherry, cedar and spice it is supple and smooth. Medium-bodied it also delivers hints of soft florals.

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 89 Points, Robert Parker. A E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone blend dominated by 50% Syrah with some Mourvedre and Grenache. “A dense ruby/purple-colored wine with lots of blue and black fruits intermixed with notions of kirsch, licorice, lavender and spice. Supple and surprisingly intense.

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