Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2017
Côtes du Rhône
The Guigal family has made serious rosé wines since the 1940s, and their Côtes du Rhône Rosé, like all their Côtes du Rhône wines, is humble in name only. The wine bursts with irresistible fresh red fruits and yet is also long and satisfying. Because of its quality and body, it’s a rosé that you can bring to the table, and do so all year long. It is a rose that offers both refreshment and pleasure.
The Guigals work with fruit specifically grown to maker superior rosé wines. These vineyards consist of clay, limestone and alluvial soils. The 2017 is comprised of 70% Grenache, 20% Cinsault and 10% Syrah. Yields in these vineyards are a low 2.3 tons per acre and the vine average age is 25 years.
The handling in the winery is to create a wine of complex flavors, texture and structure. The wine, in fact, is handled in the same way as their far more limited Tavel wine, the single top appellation in France for rosé. The key is a masterful maceration followed by a long, cool fermentation that, because of the quality of the grapes, brings an array of fruit, mineral and even a touch of spice notes, as well as both an appetizing freshness and a frame that carries the wine along.
The 2017 vintage in the Southern Rhône Valley is a sad story for many producers, as the quality is very good to excellent but a wet spring followed by a hot and dry summer severely affected yields. Good ripening and concentration, and good balance to the wines.
Clear and brilliant, the nose is fresh and expressive with red fruits and citrus notes, particularly raspberry and redcurrant. The palate is fine, fruity and round. So nicely balanced and elegant, with the impressive array of flavors and textures shining through nevertheless.
Côtes du Rhône
Guigal uses 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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Jeb Dunnuck - "There are two rosés, a slightly lighter styled Côtes du Rhône rosé and a richer Tavel. The 2017 Côtes du Rhône Rosé offers pretty, fresh notes of cherries and strawberries, and is medium-bodied, fresh and crisp. This cuvée has always leaned toward the richer end of the spectrum, but the 2017 is certainly in a fresher, more Provençal style."
Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media - "Pale pink. Highly perfumed strawberry and candied rose scents, joined by a slowly building hint of orange zest. Dry and brisk on the palate, offering bitter cherry pit and red berry flavors and a spicy touch of white pepper. Finishes clean and long, displaying resonating florality and a subtle touch of dusty minerals."
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