The Chicago Sun Times featured Guigal in a dedicated story within the print edition of the newspaper. Wine writer Peter Hoyne gave readers an overview of the brand heritage, beginning with Etienne Guigal’s establishment of E. Guigal in 1945 and highlighting both Marcel and Philippe for their roles and accomplishments as brand leaders. Peter explained that the authenticity of today’s Guigal wines can be traced back Philippe’s “tireless work ethic” and attention to detail. In addition to sharing the news of the family’s recent Chateau de Nalys acquisition, Peter included tasting notes on other Guigal wines he’s recently re-sampled, including the 2017 Condrieu, 2015 Cotes du Rhone, and 2015 Cote-Rotie. See the full story below:
Condrieu is the ancestral home of the Viognier vine and is the source of one of the world's most exotic white wines. In the mid-20th century, only 20 acres of Viognier remained in Condrieu, leaving the grape and the appellation in serious jeopardy. Guigal was instrumental in bringing this appellation back from near extinction, and today supplements the grapes from their own vineyards with grapes purchased from numerous small growers, ultimately vinifying nearly one-third of the entire appellation.
Cotes du Rhone
Given that this particular wine can be the introduction to the entire Rhône Valley for a drinker, as well as the position they occupy in the Rhône, it is not enough for the Guigals to make a good Côtes du Rhône. They are relentlessly driven to produce a distinctive and outstanding wine that drives interest in exploring the entirety of the Rhône.
The Guigal family spent 15 years restoring Château d'Ampuis, a historic property whose oldest sections date to the 11th century. The Château d’Ampuis has been the symbol of the town of Ampuis and the world-renowned Côte-Rôtie vineyard area for ten centuries. When the Guigal family learned that there was at one time a wine produced with the Château d’Ampuis name, they decided to produce an exceptional wine that would showcase the best that Côte-Rôtie has to offer.
Château de Nalys
The realization of the Guigal family's dream of Châfteauneuf-du-Pape: 3 extraordinary vineyards coming together in an intensely expressive, utterly complete wine.
Rhône Valley, France
The more you learn about the Guigal family, the more astounding becomes their story. Their wines are the benchmarks for every Rhone appellation, and over the last thirty years they have become arguably the most lauded producer in the world. Year after year the Guigal family produces wines of exceptional quality that in all classes offer exceptional value.
Since its creation in 1946 by Etienne Guigal, the Guigal family has produced a Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The terroirs of Nalys realize a dream spanning three generations to join this leading prestigious and historic appellation. Marcel and Philippe Guigal will bring passion and rigour, their family quality philosophy, and the ambition of waving the flag of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at the very highest level.