E. Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge, 2013

E. Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge, 2013

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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. In 1961, although still very young, Marcel Guigal took over management of the establishment beside his father who was stricken suddenly with total blindness. In 1973, his wife Bernadette joined him and they worked together to develop the family business. Their son Philippe is the Estate’s winemaker. With his wife Eve by his side, he represents the third generation and continues the family work in the service of the Great Wines of the Rhône Valley. In the summer of 2003, the Guigal Estate launched into a completely new adventure: barrel-making. In the ancient outbuildings dating back to the 15th and 17th centuries, the cooper crafts, assembles and toasts traditional barrels destined for the ageing of the wines. The cooper works full time in the Cooperage of the Château d’Ampuis and makes 18 barrels a week on average in order to fulfill a yearly requirement of around 800 new barrels. In total, the Guigal cellars house around 5000 barrels. This wine is 50 % Syrah, 45 % Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre. It comes from 35 year old vines, and soaks for many days with the seed and skins in order to extract color, texture, and aromas. After aging 1.5 years in oak foudres, the wine shows a deep, dark red color, with rounded and smooth tannins. Aromas of both fresh and baked red fruits and spices add to the complexity of this full-bodied, highly aromatic wine.

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