Two days ago we tasted some of the top wines of the celebrated Rhone producer Guigal with brand ambassador Brett Critenden in Harrogate.
Eight wines were tasted:
- Condrieu 2013: This is 100% Viognier from low yielding 30 year old vines grown on steep sand and granite terraced slopes, fermented in 30% new oak barrels. Despite the characteristic low acidity of viognier, the wine has undergone the malolactic and was aged in 100% new oak. Still, it is bone dry and fresh and a lovely wine to drink now. (16.5) (£28.48 HMWS)
- St Joseph Blanc 2014: 95% Marsanne, 5% Roussanne. Rich and intense nose. Dry, savoury and very seductive. Lovely balance. Would be even better in 4-5 years. (16.5) (£16.32 HMWS)
- Hermitage Blanc 2008: 95% Marsanne, 5% Roussanne. Slightly maderised (£28.08 HMWS)
- St Joseph Rouge 2012: 100% Syrah aged for 16 months in second wine oak barrels. High acidity but has good fruit and the tannins are soft. Would improve for 4 to 5 years. (15) (£15.74 HMWS)
- Hermitage Rouge 2010: 100% Syrah macerated for 4 weeks in vats and aged for 36 months in oak barrels, 50% of which were new. A dark, rich and intense wine, lovely to drink even now. Well worth buying and cellaring. (17) (£35.06 HMWS)
- Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 2010: 96% Syrah and 4% Viognier aged for 36 months in 50% new oak. Light, fragrant, soft and beautifully balanced. Delightful. (17) (£31.47 HMWS)
- Chateau d’Ampuis 2000: Fruit from 7 exceptional terroirs – Le Clos “Côte Blonde”, La Garde “Côte Blonde”, La Grande Plantée “Côte Blonde”, La Pommière “Côte Brune”, Le Pavillon Rouge “Côte Brune”. Le Moulin “Côte Brune” La Viria “Côte Brune. 93% Syrah and 7% Viognier macerated for 4 weeks and aged for 38 months in new oak. Exceptional drinking. (17.5) (£49.51 HMWS)
- La Turque 2006: 93% Syrah and 7% Viognier aged for 42 months in new oak. Spectacular purity and power with a massive long finish. (18) (£174.52 HMWS)
Champagne Beaumont de Crayeres Grande Réserve Brut NV was served on arrival. The tasting was followed by a three course supper (Mushroom Risotto with Brie and Truffle Oil, Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding, Vanilla Creme Brûlée and Shortbread Biscuit). Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2014 (£9.19 HMWS) and Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2011 en magnum (£19.18 per magnum and £9.19 per bottle HMWS) were poured.
- “I would like to echo the views of fellow members; the Guigal tasting and post-tasting dinner were excellent. My favourites were the Brune et Blonde and the Hermitage Rouge.” – Dr. Peter Goulding, Harrogate
The Guigal wines, meal and organisation last night were excellent. It was a privilege to have top wines presented by Brett Crittenden, the Brand Ambassador and we benefitted from the company of Chris Mooney from Fells and for his kind gift of Guigal wines for our meal.We seem to have a major breakthrough with the invitation to visit their winery in the Rhone Valley. (tempting). Brett is a star!With our warm thanks.– Alisdair and Elma (Stewart), Harrogate
- “Thank you for the excellent tasting and dinner last night. As usual it was organised to the usual high standard that you apply.” – Prof. Charles Joslin, Harrogate
- “What a super tasting last night and Brett was excellent. Really liked the Condrieu and the Turque but the others were excellent too.” – David Morris, Harrogate
- Many thanks for another excellent wine tasting accompanied by a superb meal,the mushroom and brie risotto was perfect as was the Roast Beef. Brett Crittendon is certainly an excellent ambassador for Guigal wines and provided an interesting and informative evening with some excellent wines ,we were fortunate to be on the right side of the room so were not disappointed by the Chateau d’Ampuis . A visit to the Rhone would certainly be worthwhile. – Pat Shore, Harrogate