Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2019
Guigal produces an intensely concentrated, inviting and complex Châteauneuf-du-Pape that is almost unique to the region today. Their passion for Châteauneuf, the leading appellation of the Southern Rhône, runs as deeply as that for their home sites in the Northern Rhône. The combination of working with top fruit that has perfect ripeness, along with their extraordinary patience in the cellar, results in rich and full, yet savory, spicy, seamless and balanced wines. Wines to enjoy immediately but capable of aging, and, above all, wines that leave you wanting more.
The Guigal’s Châteauneuf represents work with more than 40 different growers, on the unique rocky alluvial vineyards (the famous “galets”) and red clay soils of the area. The wine is made of 45% White Grenache, 25% Roussanne, 15% Clairette, 10% Bourboulenc, 3% Piquepoul and 2% Picardan 2%.
This wine is made using a traditional, temperature-controlled fermentation. The wine is aged for 8 months, 1 quarter aged in wood (barrels and half-muids), of which 50% are new.
2019 is another excellent vintage for the Rhône Valley, with exceptional potential quality in both the North and South. A dry spring was followed by a moderate summer featuring three distinct heat spikes; harvest occurred normally in mid-September. The grapes were ripe and concentrated with excellent natural acidity, and the wines are rich but balanced and expressive. Another superb vintage for the region.
Pale youthful gold and brilliant in color. The wine offers a vibrantly expressive nose of white flowers and peach. The palate is unctuous, balanced and enhanced by a beautiful freshness. A round, elegant wine that we love serving at the beginning of a meal with crudo, grilled fish and with goat cheese.
Bourboulenc, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Picardan, Piquepoul, Roussanne
For nearly 4 decades Guigal has used only environmentally sustainable methods of pest, disease and weed control. They work to conserve biological diversity, water resources, soils and ecosystems on their land. Packaging materials are recyclable or biodegradable. Lastly, they are committed to achieving a zero waste target.
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Wine & Spirits - September 26, 2022
"In the opulent, well-upholstered style of white Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this feels broad and rich, with a satin texture and luxurious amounts of peach and apricot fruit. The flavors last, their nutty warmth and spicy detail pointing to the wine’s time in oak, the length pointing to the mineral structure that will keep this vibrant for years in the cellar." - 2/22
Wine Spectator - February 4, 2022 "Bright and floral, with a breezy set of verbena, honeysuckle and white peach flavors gliding through, finishing with lime curd and meringue notes on the flattering finish. Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul and Picardan." - J.M 2/22
Jeb Dunnuck - September 26, 2022 "The 2019 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc offers another level of richness as well as elegance. Beautiful notes of white peach, white currants, toasted spice, and brioche all emerge from the glass. Medium-bodied, it has a beautifully layered, seamless texture and a great finish. You can safely drink bottles any time over the coming 4-5 years, and I certainly would not bet against it evolving longer." - J.D 2/22
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