Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2018

Phillipe Guigal takes great pride in pointing out that “while very little white wine, relatively speaking, is made in the northern Rhône (only about seven percent of total production of the entire valley, north and south, is from white grapes) it represents almost 25% of the wines produced here.” The Côtes-du-Rhône blanc, which is based heavily on Viognier, delivers outstanding value and is widely available. JOSH RAYNOLDS, Vinous 2020

I have almost unlimited admiration for the Guigals and their ability to produce millions of bottles of inexpensive Cotes du Rhones that are among the finest of the entire Rhone Valley… ROBERT PARKER

I would think the vast majority of our customers have heard us bang on about Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge being, perhaps, the greatest value wine on the planet over a long period of time. Most of you, judging by the humongous volume of that wine we sell each year, would have drunk it at some stage.

We offer that wine virtually every year because, when they chose to release it, it never disappoints and always over delivers. This is the first time in the many years of selling these wines where I think the white is even better, not “just as good”. I think it is tremendous value. Outrageous actually when you taste this and look at the price tag.

Predominately Viognier and Roussanne this year, with only a tiny dollop of Grenache Blanc, and it shows. As Dunnuck mentions it tastes like a “mini Condrieu” with those pretty florals and citrus notes but there is some bosc pear and burnt orange skin as well which I think is the Roussanne coming through. The thing that is so striking here, for a bottle that is less than $25, is the classy cut and shape of the wine that is underpinned by a lovely energetic twang. It really does drink like something that would normally cost you a lot more. Another testament to the work the Guigal family do in the region, the access to the quality fruit they have at their disposal and wine-making talent in their arsenal.

This is bloody classy juice and one of the better value French whites I have seen in a while. This year it really does equal its legendary red brother. Buy it now, buy it in bulk, drink it over the next three or four years. Have it on hand for any and all occasions. You can’t go wrong here, I can’t stress it enough. Well done Philippe and team.

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