CÔTES DU RHÔNE wines represent some of the best values from the Rhone Valley. Grapes for wines with this designation can come from both the Northern Rhône and Southern Rhône, though most are grown in the south. The producer, Etienne Guigal, makes well-built rosé wines that diehard wine fans know fully well and snap up as soon as they hit the shelf. All the Guigal wines reflect high standards the family imposes on themselves and the other producers they buy from. E. Guigal is one of the largest producers in the Northern Rhone and owns a large number of top-quality vineyards. Don’t think twice when you see a wine by Guigal. And give the Rosé consideration for holiday tables. The suggested retail price is $19, but you will find it for less.
E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2014, $19: Flavor, texture, structure, radiant salmon color — this dry rosé from southeast France is an ideal candidate for holiday meals. It’s a complete package with aromas of red berries, plum and citrus, and dry, stony minerality in the long finish. It’s a blend of 60 percent Grenache filled out with Cinsault and Syrah. It’s produced by the saigneé method — the wine is drawn off the skins after a brief maceration and a long, temperature-controlled fermentation. It’s the real deal: good weight in the mouth, lots of structure — fruity flavors, sturdy acidity, minerality.
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