Marcel Guigal has been called everything from “the man with the Midas touch” to “the planet’s greatest living winemaker.” Unquestionably, Guigal has earned the reputation for fashioning some of southern France’s greatest wines, as the plethora of favorable reviews and critical acclaims of his wines will attest but, perhaps, even more impressive is Guigal’s knack for consistency. Without fail, Guigal wines, red, white and even rose, are at the top of the charts in both good years and bad. Moreover, each of Guigal’s many fine wine offerings has become the yardstick by which all others are judged in their respective appellations.
From the antique village of Ampuis, the birthplace of the great Côte-Rôtie appellation, the burgeoning wine empire of Guigal has spread to every significant appellation in the Rhône Valley. Led by Marcel and his adept son and protégé, Philippe, the Guigals have sown success and quality far and wide, forcing less quality minded producers to improve their wines or perish. Although most notable of Guigal’s wines are the firm’s several Côte-Rôtie offerings, which are universally acknowledged to be the supreme examples from this ancient 2,400 year old vineyard that dates back to early Roman times, the Guigals excel equally with all of their Rhone offerings. The firm’s delicious Côtes du Rhône offerings – red, white, and rose – provide ample testimony to that fact. Guigal’s red Côtes du Rhône is consistently one of highest rated wines of the appellation. It contains a high percentage of old vine Syrah, a practice few other producers would even think to emulate, but it is just such practices, along with a consummate dedication to low yields and minimal intervention, which set Guigal apart.