Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2022
Côtes du Rhône
The Guigal family has made serious dry 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 serious and satisfying. While this Rosé is always a lovely aperitif, its intensity and richness make it perfect for the table, and it pairs well with all manner of cuisines. And starting with the 2020 vintage, the wine has a stunning new proprietary bottle: a subtle enhancement for an already elegant wine!
The Guigals work with fruit specifically grown to maker superior rosé wines. These vineyards consist of clay, limestone and alluvial soils. The 2020 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.
2022 is yet another excellent vintage throughout the Rhône Valley, despite extremes of weather. After an unusually wet fall in 2021, winter was marked by drought and higher than normal temperatures. Bud-break was again early, about three weeks ahead of normal. The dry weather continued through flowering, and yields were down due to an even but light fruit-set. Summer was hotter than normal, with dry conditions finally alleviated by mid-August rains, leading to an early harvest — particularly for Whites and Rosés. However, the grapes were ripe and concentrated with superb natural acidity. The superb raw materials of this vintage have produced wines with great richness, balance and expression, with high quality throughout the region and at all levels. 2022 appears to be another complete and highly satisfactory vintage for the Rhône.
Clear, brilliant and fresh appearance. Fresh with an expressive nose of red fruits and citrus. Notes of raspberry and redcurrant. On the palate, fruity, fine and round. A well-balanced and elegant wine.
Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah
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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