E. Guigal, Crozes-Hermitage (Rhône Valley, France) Blanc 2018

($28):  Guigal, an undisputed leader in the Rhône, shows his considerable talents with this white wine from what is best known for its reds.  White wine from Crozes-Hermitage comprises less than ten percent of the appellation’s total production.  This one, a blend of mostly (90+ percent) of Marsanne with Roussanne providing the remainder, delivers delicate and refined stone fruit flavors with wonderful acidity, a characteristic often lacking in Rhône whites.  Though delicate, it has good concentration, impeccable balance, which gives it a real presence.  A little bottle age won’t hurt it, though it’s quite delightful to drink now.  It has enough depth to hold up to spicy foods and enough sophistication for roast chicken in a creamy mushroom sauce.
92 Michael Apstein Oct 12, 2021