Maison Guigal is synonymous with two things; Syrah and the Northern Rhone and combining the two is the appellation of Cote Rotie. This is a red wine made predominantly from Syrah (96%) with a small amount of the white grape Viognier added to provide aromatic depth as is standard for wines produced here. Built around dark fruits including blackberries and cherries, the signature peppery notes of Rhone Syrah and subtle vanilla spice, this is a superbly savoury wine which benefits from the aromatic lift of the Viognier and 36 months spent maturing in barrel. With an excellent balance of tannin and acidity, this also has significant ageing potential which will add further earthy characters.
Guigal was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the village of Ampuis in the heart of the Cote Rotie appellation of the Northern Rhone. Now in the hands of the third generation – Philippe Guigal and his wife Eve, the family own and produce many highly sought-after wines throughout both the North and Southern Rhone and are one of the most highly respected growers in the world. The vineyards around Cote Rotie were established around 2,400 years ago and there are reminders of this history in the Roman walls which still line the vineyards majestically overlooking the Rhone river below. Enjoy this wine with any game dish, red meats or a cheese board. 14% ABV.