E. GUIGAL, 'VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE' ST.-JOSEPH & CHÂTEAU DE NALYS CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE

 

RHONE VALLEY, FRANCE

 

 

There is legacy, and then there is legacy.

The land owned by the Guigal family—maker of some of the world’s greatest wines, and a reference point for the Rhône—doesn't go back a hundred or two or three hundred years. It goes back to a time before Christ walked the earth—2,400 years, to be exact.

This is Ampuis, a small village in the heart of the Côte-Rôtie appellation, with a terrain as rich and revered as any. The winery was birthed 75 years ago, and the quality and character of that terroir is communicated, and with extraordinary passion, in every bottle the family—now in its third generation of making wine—produces.

We have partnered with this storied estate to bring you this trio of elegant, cellar-worthy wines—Guigal Saint-Joseph Vignes de L'Hospice; Guigal Château de Nalys Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Saintes Pierre; Guigal Château de Nalys Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grand Vin Rouge—and at a significant discount.

These classic wines are emblematic of the Guigal house style: precision of fruit, good spice and minerality, and—and not least—a beautifully-composed structure.

Listen to Jeb Dunnuck on the Saint-Joseph: "Supple, and sexy, the 2018 Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices is another Hermitage look-alike with its burning embers, graphite, crushed flowers, and meaty dark fruits. … I always find a Hermitage-like character in this wine and it ages beautifully."

The Nalys vineyards, from which the other two wines hail, are home to some of the oldest soils in all of Châteauneuf, a mix of red sandstone, sandy clay, and covered limestone, with some soft sandstone at the vineyard edges. This is very fine soil, which can make for wines of extraordinary suppleness.

As it has here.

Of the Saintes Pierres—made from equal proportions of grapes from the Château’s three plots, in a blend dominated by Grenache and Syrah—Dunnuck was equally knocked out, noting that the “2017s from Château de Nalys are superior wines.”

The Grand Vin Rouge took home 97 points from Wine Enthusiast, which hailed it as a "penetrating red ... [a] blend of Grenache and Syrah accented by smaller proportions of three other regional red grapes ... full in body but thrilling and fresh, lifted by a crush of minerality and lingering traces of leather, earth and sage."

All three are expected to age gracefully—though if you're anything like us, you won't be able to resist popping open a bottle or three or five. So, stock up—but don't delay: quantities are limited.

 

 

 

*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Winter 2021-2022. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in MI, NY, or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Sunday, September 26, 2021.