The Domaine GUIGAL owns, in Condrieu and in Cotie, illustrious plots from which spring notably the Condrieu La Doriane and the famous Cotie La Mouline, La Turque and La Landonne, as well as the Chateau d'Ampuis. It processes and produces, in its cellars, besides high-class appellations from the Northern part of the Rhoe Valley (Cotie, Condrieu, Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage), those from the Southern side as well (Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Cotes-du-Rhone). Wine growing has always been undertaken with due and constant regard for the environment. In fact, a well-planned fight against vine diseases and parasites allow grapes grown within the estate to fully reveal the complexity of the finest soils of Condrieu and of Cotie. The job of selecting and achieving excellence in the process of wine production, carried on from generation to generation, allows Domaine GUIGAL to make available, every year, the Condrieu and the Cotie Brune & Blonde, which constitute bench-marks in these two prestigious appellations. The vineyard of Cotie, which extends over nearly two hundred hectares, is constituted of Cote Brune, upstream from the Reynard, and Cote Blonde, situated downstream. The vines were planted by the Romans and have existed here for nearly 24 centuries. Cote Brune is characterised by the almost exclusive presence of the syrah, a grape-variety that gives powerful and virile wines. On the other hand, the wines from Cote Blonde offers a very seductive smoothness, being rich in Viognier, which refines the Syrah.The yield of this historic, but always fertile, vineyard has, long since, been purposely restricted. In this antique theatre, curiously enough, bliss flows down from the terrace to the arena.The Condrieu appellation comprises about a hundred hectares. Overhanging the right bank of the Rhone, this vineyard is composed solely of viognier, a vine imported from Dalmatia by the emperor Probus in the beginning of the Christian era. Out of this successful settlement was born a unique white wine of a golden colour, tender and refined, with subtle, delicate aromas of apricot and peach, which are both complex and persistent. Terrace growing as well as the steep slopes, with an inclination of more than 65 %, necessitate manual work on the highly slanting vineyards of Domaine GUIGAL. Visit the E. Guigal website.
Eye: Deep dark red. Nose: Spices and mature red fruits. Palate: Round tannins with powerful complexity. A rich unctuous wine with notes of mature plums, hazelnuts and red fruits. Overall: Very rich wine full of harmony and balance. more
The 2004 Cote Rotie La Mouline displays soft notes of caramel, cola, bacon fat, litchi nuts, and honeysuckle along with the cassis and sweet cherry fruit. It is actually one of the most seductive and luscious of La Moulines to drink, and should probably be consumed in its first 10-12 ... more
The 2004 Cote Rotie La Turque reveals scents of grilled meats and charcoal, medium to full body, sweet tannin, decent acidity, and a very good finish. Although not profound, it is a great success for the vintage. Enjoy it over the next 10-12 years., Still tight, but with an ample ... more
Eye : Deep and dark red. Shiny. Nose : Fresh fruits with red berries and spices. Palate : Full, round and racy. Rounded and smooth tannins. A full-bodied, rich and intensly aromatic wine. Overall : Full with a long finish and plenty of elegance and finesse due to the well ... more
Yellow gold, clear and brilliant. On the nose, freshness marked by the distinctive aromas of Viognier, white flowers, apricot, acacia and white peach. On the palate, it is fruity with plenty of richness and body. Overall, a well-rounded wine with elegance, strength and balance. more
Brilliant clean straw yellow color. White flowers, acacia honey, hawthorn blossom. Powerful and intense aromas. Rich and full-bodied. Fully expressive of the terroir which lends this Hermitage body and strength. Balance between a delicate and expressive nose and fleshy fruit on the palate underpinned y the powerful terroir. Food and ... more
Eye: Purple. Nose: Intense nose dominated by peach and apricot with liquorice and notes of undergrowth. Palate: Generous, powerful and full-bodied with a long elegant finish. Overall: A frank attack, racy with soft tannic structure. more
Eye: Pure and deep salmon pink. Nose: Elegant floral and fruit notes. Palate: A fruity and well structured wine with aromatic finesse on the palate. Overall: A pleasant acidity which is balanced by fleshy fruitiness and body. more
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