E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2018
|Region||France, Rhone, Cotes du Rhone|
Light yellow. Mineral-tinged aromas of Meyer lemon, pear and white peach are complemented by a suave floral overtone. Juicy, pure and energetic on the palate, offering pliant orchard and pit fruit and honeysuckle flavors that show sharp definition and back-end lift. Rich but energetic as well, delivering strong finishing cut and lingering florality. The Viognier is definitely making itself heard here.
The quality of this cuvée has soared over the past decade, and the 2018 Côtes du Rhône Blanc is another terrific vintage. Tasting like a mini Condrieu with its floral, orange blossom, and honeysuckle aromas and flavors, it's medium-bodied, fresh, and lively on the palate, with an attractive mix of richness and freshness. Drink it over the coming year or two.
More than half Viognier, with the balance rounded out by Roussanne, Bourboulenc and just 2% Grenache Blanc, the 2018 Cotes du Rhone Blanc is rich and tropical. It's full-bodied, silky and mouth coating, a charming white to drink over the next couple of years.