2020 E. Guigal Condrieu

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Type of Wine White
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Condrieu
Winery Guigal
Vintage 2020
Grape Viognier
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13%)
Drink window 2022 - 2026
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Guigal is the pioneer of "single vineyards" in Côte Rôtie. From his three most famous vineyards "La Landonne", "La Mouline" and "La Turque" come the most sought after and famous wines of the world. The Guigal story starts in 1924, when Etienne Guigal as a 14 year old starts working in the cellars of Vidal Fleury. By 1946 he had been cellar master for some time and he thought it was time to set up his own company. That happened in Ampuis, located in the heart of the Côte Rôtie appellation. In 1961, his son Marcel joins the company. He is currently in charge of Guigal and his son Philippe, 3rd generation, is responsible for the production process of the wines. Guigal makes "simple" winemaking genius. They work completely organically in the vineyards, have low yields and no intervention in the cellars. In short, we work with respect for nature and passion for wine. In addition to the "La, La, La" wines, Côte Rôtie "Château d'Ampuis", Condrieu "La Doriane" and L'Ermitage "Ex Voto" are some of the domain's crown jewels.

The soil on which the vines are planted is very varied and consists, among other things, of sandstone and granite. The vines have an average age of 30 years with an average yield of 42 hl/ha and 110,000 bottles are produced annually. The harvest is completely manual and is very strictly selected.

The fermentation for the Guigal Condrieu takes place at low temperatures in stainless steel barrels and 1/3 part new wooden barrels. After fermentation, the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation and aging in barriques in 100% new oak wood.

The Guigal Condrieu is as a Condrieu should be, so very floral and fresh, with apricot and melon aromas combined with hints of white pepper and celery seed. Full, plump and juicy, it ends with a slightly bitter note that gives focus and length to the finish. Delicious as an aperitif, but also delicious with foie gras, scrambled eggs with truffle, crustaceans and shellfish, delicate fish dishes.

Vineyard for 2020 E. Guigal Condrieu

Maison E. Guigal is a winery with a great reputation. The company was founded in 1946 and is now three generations old. Founder Etienne Guigal strongly determined the current identity of this producer. Before setting up his own winery he collected his first experiences with the producer Vidal-Fleury. Marcel Guigal and his son Philippe are now in charge of the company. The latter is responsible for winemaking and thus follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, who experienced no fewer than 67 vintages.

Guigal is located in Ampuis, just 38 km south of Lyon. Here it has 60 hectares of land in the Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Châteauneuf du Pape, Tavel and Gigondas appellations. The Guigals are now also the owners of Domaine de Bonserine and Vidal Fleury. Since 1995, Guigal has managed the company from the famous Château d'Ampuis. This castle dates from the 12th century and was rebuilt in the Renaissance style in the 16th century.

The wine magazine Decanter named Marcel Guigal in 2006 "Man of the year." Renowned wine guide Guide Hachette takes it one step further and calls Guigal "the best winemaker in the world." Robert Parker also has deep respect for Guigal. The top wines of this producer regularly receive the highest score of 100 points. The 'La La' wines are special. These come from the 3 top locations 'La Turque', 'La Landonne', and 'La Moulin'.

More Information
Type of Wine White
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Condrieu
Winery Guigal
Grape Viognier
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2020
Drinking as of 2022
Drinking till 2026
Alcohol % 13
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 91
James Suckling rating 93
Tasting Profiles Aromatic, Floral, Complex, Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Powerful, Lightly sweet, Rich, Round, Steenfruit, Full, White fruit
Drink moments Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch
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