75cl * Vegan * 13% ABV * Northern Rhone, France
The Guigal family is famous for injecting energy and passion into the Côte-Rotie and Condrieu appellations in the 1960s and has become one of the biggest and most important producers in the Rhône Valley. Their care for these incredibly steep vineyards is legendary and even goes as far as getting workers to carry eroded soils and rocks in buckets back up the slopes to the vines!
Archetypal of the appellation, this is a mix of grapes from the pale granite of the Côte Blonde and the iron oxide soils Côte Brune. Legend has that the two sub-regions of the Côte-Rôtie, Côte Blonde and Côte Brune, were named after the blonde and brunette daughters of a local lord, each with their two very different personalities. Similarly, the wines of both regions add very different characteristics to this wine.
Wines of the Côte Blonde are often more balanced, elegant and meant to be consumed earlier, whereas wines of the iron-rich Côte Brune contain more tannins, are full-bodied and meant to age longer in the bottle prior to being consumed.
Richly textured and intensely fruited with ripe tannin and good acidity - you can expect Syrah's typical pepperiness and meatiness to combine with some nice red fruit and cedar wood flavours from three year’s oak aging.
Drinking now until 2027.
Decant well – a couple of hours will do no harm and serve at 16C – 18C with lamb shanks or dishes containing smoked bacon, small game, red meat and cheese.