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December 4 2018

La La La! Wine: Domaine E. Guigal

by Le Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire

By Philippe Langelier, Sommelier & Waiter – Le Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire

On November 7th, the restaurant Le Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire had to pleasure to host a dinner with Philippe Guigal for the launch of the first vintage of the Domaine de Nalys since its acquisition by E. Guigal in September of 2017. 24 privileged guests had the opportunity to taste for of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape cuvees of the Domaine de Nalys by comparing them to two wines of the Domaine E. Guigal and other fine wines of Guigal in Côte-Rôtie.

Domaine Guigal

The Guigal domain was founded by Étienne Guigal in 1946, and by his hard work, his wines quickly built up a stellar reputation. Since then, his domain has gained popularity and is now a renowned producer in all of Rhône, Côte-Rôtie and in Tavel.


Domaine de Nalys

More than 400 years old, the Domaine de Nalys is one of the oldest domains of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. Located on three parcels around the domain (Nalys, La Crau and les Bois sénéchaux), it is built upon the famous rolled pebbles that make Châteauneuf-du-Pape such a unique appellation in the world of wine.

The Whites

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2015, Domaine E.Guigal

The vineyard is located on argyles soils with an assembly of Grenache blanc, Roussanne, Clairette and Bourboulenc with a fine proportion of Piquepoul and Picardan.

Of a silver color with green reflections, this wine is quite syrupy in the glass. The nose is subtle and shows timid notes of citrus zest, beeswax and orange flowers. In the palate, the wine is dry and fresh with a rich texture. The tastes are the same as the nose, with a fine minerality that gives the wine an almost saline taste.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Saint-Pierre 2016, Domaine de Nalys

Located on the les Bois sénéchaux parcel, this cuvee is mostly composed of Grenache, Clairette and Bourboulenc with an inkling of Piquepoul and Picardan.

This wine of a pale straw color is blessed with a very expressive nose with notes of acacia, yellow apples and orange zest with fine notes of beeswax. The acidity in the palate is quite fresh and the subtle roundness that brings a nice finesse to the wine. The same floral aromas are present in the palate with a strong place given to the minerality and the texture of the wine.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grand vin 2016, Domaine de Nalys

This vineyard is located on the three parcels of the domain and is composed of Roussanne, Grenache and Clairette with an inkling of Bourboulenc and Piquepoul.

The wine is pale and of a golden color. Much more aromatic than the two previous wines, this wine evokes notes of dry apricots, orange flowers and unripe mangos. The palate is round and the acidity is discreet. The flavors are characterized by fine notes of beeswax and orange flowers, with a short but perfectly balanced finale.

The Reds

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2015, Domaine E.Guigal

Located on the rolled pebbles and red argyle soils, the wine is essentially composed of Grenache, accompanied with Mourvèdre and Syrah.

The wine, of an intense ruby color, is blessed with a nose that evokes notes of cherries and fresh cranberries, alongside aromas of cedar, tobacco, pepper and nutmeg. The palate is dry and refreshing, with strong tannins that remain elegant. The same complex notes of fruits and spices are also present in the palate, alongside a rich texture and a strong structure, with a short but surprisingly elegant finale.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Saint-Pierre 2016, Domaine de Nalys

Originating from the three parcels of the domain, the Cuvée Saint-Pierre is elaborated with Grenache and with Syrah, all of it completed by Cinsault, Muscardin, Counoise and Mourvèdre.

The wine is of a very dark ruby color with violet reflections. The nose is much more subtle than the previous wine with aromas of dry cranberries, violets and leather. The palate is dry and the tannins are quite present but well integrated. The flavors are similar to the nose and the finale is short, but very characteristic of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grand vin 2016, Domaine de Nalys

Located on the parcel named La Crau, the blend of this wine contains Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Counoise and Vacarèse.

This wine is colorful, with aromas of violets, dry flowers and fine notes of fresh cranberries. The palate is dry and refreshing, with a very strong tannins presence that gives character to the wine. The floral flavors are dominant, with a comforting finale.

The highlights of the show : La La La!

The highlight of the show was the tasting of the 2004 vintages of the flagship cuvees of the Domaine E. Guigal, which are La Landonne, La Turque and La Mouline. Located on the terraces of Côte-Rôtie, these three cuvees are true classics of this appellation and tasting them at all once is a rare opportunity.

Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 2004, Domaine E.Guigal

Located on gneiss and siliceous soils, the vineyard is placed in way that allows the vines to retain the heat and the winds which prevents humidity. The wine is elaborated with 89% Syrah and 11% Viognier.

The wine, of pale ruby color with garnet reflections, possesses a nose of fresh cherries, dry violets, blond tobacco and leather. Dry, but blessed with a surprising freshness, the tannins are soft and fine. The same notes that were found in the nose are present in the palate with a mineral finale that reminds us of fall leaves. The finale is also quite long, which is a proof of the freshness of the product.

Côte-Rôtie La Turque 2004, Domaine E.Guigal

La Turque, where this vineyard is located, is blessed with silico-calcareous soils. The escarpment allows for optimal sun exposition for the vines. The cuvee La Turque is elaborated with 93% Syrah and completed with Viognier.

The wine, of a ruby color, is very aromatic and evokes notes of cooked black cherries and dry cranberries, alongside aromas of white pepper and nutmeg with a fine touch of anise and black olives. The palate is remarkably fresh and structured, with strong but fine tannins. The finale concludes the experience in a very soothing way.

Côte-Rôtie La Landonne 2004, Domaine E.Guigal

Located on hills of 65 degrees with argyle-calcareous soils, La Landonne is a parcel beloved by winemakers of the Rhone Valley. This cuvee is composed of 100% Syrah.

The wine, of a strong garnet color, has a very aromatic nose but no notes of fruits; roses, dry violets and strong notes of olives, tobacco, menthol and leather. The wine is blessed with vivacity in the palate and soft tannins, with a long and soothing finale.

The bonus wine of the night

Condrieu La Dorianne 2017, Domaine E.Guigal

Only 20 000 bottles of this wine are produced each year. The vineyard is located on five parcels located in the mountains of Condrieu and the wine is elaborated with 100% Viognier.

The wine is of a pale golden color with a nose that sends out powerful aromas of orange flowers, citrus zest, acacia and mimosa flowers with a fine touch of apricot and peach. Alongside these numerous aromas, the palate is fine, subtle and comforting. The acidity is light, with a small bitterness. The floral notes are present in the palate with a mineral side reminiscent of rifle stone. The finale is light and slightly bitter.

As a conclusion, the products of the Domaine E. Guigal are prime examples of the quality of wines produced in Rhone Valley. After a few years of aging, these products make us want to sing. Perhaps this was the goal for Étienne Guigal when he created the three La La La! cuvees…


Christine Frechette – Selection Frechette, Ian Purtel – Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire, Philippe and Ève Guigal – Domaine E. Guigal

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