Côte-Rôtie "Brune & Blonde de Guigal"

Soil type

Plots on steep slopes Côte Blonde : Silicone limestone soil Côte Brune : soil rich in iron oxyde

Grape variety

96% Syrah, 4 % Viognier

Average age of vines

35 years

Winemaking

Closed stainless steel tanks. Automatic punching down and temperature controlled fermentaion. Average 3 weeks in tanks.

Ageing

36 months in oak barrels - 50% new oak

Average yield

37 Hl/hectare.

Average annual production

About 290.000 bottles.

Tasting

Eye : Dark ruby red
Nose : Spices, red berries and delicate oak aromas
Palate : Round soft tannins. Aromas of rasberry, blackberry and vanilla
Overall : Balance between scarcely perceptible acidity and tannins which add ageing potential and softened by long ageing in oak

Vintages 2011

Wine Advocate #210 - Dec 2013

Score : 90

More open-knit and sexy, with blackberry, kirsch, licorice, underbrush and chocolate-covered toast aromas and flavors, the 2011 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde is medium-bodied, supple and approachable, with notable purity of fruit. Also a blend of 96% Syrah and 4% Viognier that spent 36 months in new and 1-year-old barrels, it will drink nicely for 10-15 years.  Jeb Dunnuck

Consumption

A garder

Serving temperature

16°C to 18°C

Ageing potential

20 years

Food and wine matching

Small game, red meat and cheese.
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