E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2016
|Region||France, Rhone, Cotes du Rhone|
Yellow gold, clear and brilliant in the glass. The nose is fresh marked by the distinctive aromas of Viognier; white flowers, apricot, acacia and white peach. On the palate, fruity with plenty of richness and body. Overall this is a well-rounded wine with elegance, strength and balance.
The 2016 Côtes du Rhône Blanc delivers the goods, and the quality of this cuvée has been incredible over the past few years. Made from 60% Viognier, 15% Roussanne and the rest Marsanne, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Grenache Blanc, it gives up tons of Viognier character in its white flowers, peach, and pineapple aromas and flavors. Drink this medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, elegant white over the coming year or two. It tastes like a Condrieu but costs about one-third the price.
Limpid straw-yellow. Fresh pear, orange and white flowers on the fragrant, incisive nose. Juicy and energetic in the mouth, offering focused citrus and orchard fruit and honeysuckle flavors and seamless texture. Closes on a minerally note, displaying very good clarity and spicy bite.
Intense, with a citrus oil accent weaving around the creamed peach, pear and apricot notes. A flash of bitter almond on the finish gives this needed tension to balance the opulent fruit. Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Grenache Blanc. Drink now through 2020
The 2016 Cotes du Rhone Blanc is, as usual, dominated by Viognier, which accounts for almost two-thirds of the blend. There's 15% Roussanne, and the rest is smaller proportions of Marsanne, Clairette and Bourboulenc. Grenache Blanc accounts for only 2% to 3% of the blend. The wine is medium-bodied and plump, with floral, apricot aromas and decent roundness in the mouth, balanced by just enough citrus zest to provide a bit of an edge. Drink it in its youth.