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2015 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc

SKU #1285985 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another terrific white is the 2015 Côtes du Rhône Blanc, a cuvée that continues to over-deliver in just about every vintage. Tasting like a top-flight Condrieu with its tangerine, honey and floral aromas and flavors, it’s pure, elegant and impeccably balanced on the palate. (JD)  (12/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Released May. 60% Viognier, 15% Roussanne, 5-7% Marsanne, and the rest Clairette and Bourboulenc. They're not big fans of Grenache Blanc. Nervy green edge on the Viognier perfume. Round and smooth and ready with an edge of coffee powder on the end... Perfectly friendly.  (10/2016)

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2017 | Send Email
Unfortunately I missed the rare opportunity to meet Philippe Guigal during his recent visit to Los Angeles, as my work and pleasure lie to the north in our San Francisco store. But I can attest to the phenomenal range and excellence of his wines, from humble Cotes du Rhone blends to his incomparable, world-class Cote-Roties. And the 2015 vintage has left many folks searching for superlatives to describe near perfection, a year that turned out wines of incredible aromatic charm, finesse and balance. Hold that humility: the Blanc resonates with elegant notes of ripe stone fruit--juicy apricots, white peaches, glistening pears, enlivened by flamboyant acacia and honeysuckle aromas. A super wine to be enjoyed with any number of dishes, extravagant in every way except the price!
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2017 | Send Email
Viognier lovers take note--this is an exceptional blend that has all of those stone fruit flavors and a surprising elegance. The aromatics of this wine really took me by surprise: tons of peach, apricot and pear come singing out of the glass. There is definitely some weight here along with a rich texture. The acid is medium-low, but not atypical for viognier, which makes up 60% of the blend. I hadn't had this wine in years and have forgotten what a stellar value it is. This one’s definitely going on my regular take-home list.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2017 | Send Email
A recent staff seminar with Philippe Guigal in our Los Angeles store put this extraordinary value back on our staff's palates. Now, Philippe is one of the rock stars of the Rhone and its hard not to fall in love with his wines when he is showing them to you. So, this down-to-earth, laid back guy is all about the quality of their production at all levels. And where it especially shows is with this charming gulpable white. The 2015 has something just a little more intriguing than an average year and perhaps it's because Viognier was especially aromatic this vintage and makes up a greater percentage of the blend. With Philippe guiding us through our tasting, we also examined his new 2015 Condrieu (Stunning!) as well as the 2011 Gigondas, 2010 Chateauneuf and 2012 Cote Rotie. But, I kept coming back to the Cotes du Rhone Blanc. It had so much of the nuance of the far more expensive white but was just so...drinkable. And what a perfect time too, this white exudes notes of nectarine, pear and jasmine. It's like spring time in a glass. Serve this little beauty with aromatic foods. What a perfect foil for Indian, Thai and Chinese! Or keep it simple and do a little salad of poached tuna, roasted peppers and aioli. No matter what, you'll want this as one of your best seasonal go-to whites.

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- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5