E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2007

E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2007

Just after purchasing this, I saw that the price for the 2016 vintage in Quebec was a little over $19, which made the $17 price tag for the 2007 here in Iqaluit a little suspect. My first thought was that 2007 must have been a particularly bad year and it was being sold off cheaply but, happily, I turned out to be wrong…

  • Winery: E. Guigal
  • Price: $16.97 CDN
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Sugar: 2 g/L

The primary grape in this Cotes du Rhone is Viognier, but it is blended with the Roussanne, Marsanne, Clairette and Bourboulenc varietals. The color is a darkish amber but, it can have a slight greenish cast in certain light. There is rich fall fruit and some wood on the nose with a hint of banana and honey. It is quite full bodied, with a very smooth, very nearly buttery texture, and is off-dry with a pleasing acidity that falls just short of being crisp. Rich honey and slightly tart golden apple dominate, and there are floral and woody notes along with a very pleasing background note of sweet fennel. It is a very well balanced wine and excellent value. I bought six additional bottles after my first but now, sadly, there is no more to be had. Shame …

3 thoughts on “E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2007”

  1. Perhaps it was so reasonable because it was an old stock. Varietal viognier usually doesn’t improve with age, but it sounds like this blend worked very well. There may also be considerable bottle variety — i.e. each bottle may be different even if they are from the same case.

  2. P.S. It retails for 10 euros here, that is $15 Canadian. According to Guigal’s website the aging potential is 3 years, so that is probably why the price tag for the 2007 vintage was so nice.

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