The September issue of Food & Wine magazine includes E. Guigal Côtes du du Rhône Rouge 2017, Domaine Chanson Viré-Clessé 2018 and Telmo Rodríguez Dehesa Gago Toro 2018 in a story focused on fantastic wines under $20.
Senior wine critic Ray Isle notes that “finding good white Burgundy is almost unthinkable,” yet Domaine Chanson’s aromatic Viré-Clessé 2018 is “a steal” with its rich apple and sweet clovery notes.
Guigal is recognized as one of the leading wineries across the region and the family’s Côtes du du Rhône Rouge lives up to the reputation. The blend features Syrah prominently, “resulting in a powerful, peppery red with hints of black olive and Mediterranean herbs.”
Telmo Rodriguez’s Dehas Gago Toro is described as juicy, graceful and flavorful, offering notes of blueberries, blackberries, toast and licorice.
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.
Chanson's regional wine, Viré Clessé is one of the best white wines of the region, combining suppleness and minerality. The appellation lies in the heart of the Mâcon appellation in the south of Burgundy. It's produced from a combination of Chardonnay and Chardonnay Muscaté grapes.
Dehesa Gago is 100% Tinto de Toro (the local clone of Tempranillo). The intensity of this old vine fruit comes through even in this wine, vinified without oak, a pure expression.
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.
Rioja, Valdeorras, Toro, Spain
Telmo Rodriguez is one of Spain’s pioneer winemakers, advocating native grape varietals tied to the climates and conditions of their sites, and making world-class wines from undiscovered as well as known regions. While Telmo makes rare and limited wines of astonishing character and quality, his everyday wines have been equally praised, and widely recognized for the tremendous value they offer.
Chanson is a true mid-size Domaine. Unlike many of their competitors, their wines are produced using the grower model rather than the négociant model. They have extensive holdings of over 111 acres of exclusively Premier and Grand Cru vineyards in the heart of Burgundy. Chanson is obsessed with maintaining a consistent quality level across the entire range. The wines have a seductive and distinctive style due to the rigorous approach to viticulture and vinification.