E Guigal’s ‘La Las’: Legendary single-vineyard Côte Rôties
Guigal is one of the leading names of the Rhône. Founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in Ampuis, in the heart of Côte-Rôtie in the Northern Rhône, the estate owns vineyards in some of the finest terroirs of this highly regarded appellation.
La Mouline, La Turque and La Landonne, known collectively as the ‘La Las’, are the three single-vineyard Côte-Rôtie jewels in Guigal’s crown.
La Turque is from the middle section of Côte-Brune, while La Mouline is from the heart of Côte-Blonde, and the parcel of La Landonne was planted in 1975 to celebrate the birth of Etienne’s grandson, Philippe Guigal, son of Marcel Guigal, and now estate manager and winemaker of Domaine Guigal.
One factor that makes Guigal’s La Las wines stand out is their élévage: they spend around 40 months in 100% new oak barriques. These wines are some of the longest-lived in the region, and undoubtedly some of the finest.
Philippe Guigal will be joined by Decanter’s Matt Walls to present a very special comparative tasting across each of the three ‘La Las’ from the 2017, 2016 and 2012 vintages.
£265.00 masterclass wine samples (UK only) / £45.00 viewing only (includes access to all event content)
This 60 minute tasting will begin with an introduction explaining the history and philosophy of the winery followed by a tasting of the above selected wines.
This masterclass has been pre-recorded in order to complement your schedule, and is available to watch, or re-watch at any time from 11 December 2021 until 10 January 2022.
Inside the tasting pack
- 9 x 75ml samples of each wine listed
- An A3 tasting mat
- An A5 tasting booklet
- A Decanter pen
To ensure that you receive samples in the best condition possible all wines will be tasted by a Decanter wine tasting expert for quality assurance before being re-bottled as samples. Bottling of the samples will take place in an anaerobic tank to eliminate oxygen contamination and sealed with a secure screwcap. Samples will be re-bottled and sent to you ahead of the masterclass.
Due to restrictions on duty and costs along with supply issues, we are not always able to offer samples for purchase to our customers outside of the UK.
Please note that the wine samples for this event are currently only available to UK residents (including Channel Islands, excluding Northern Ireland)
Born in 1975, Philippe represents the third generation at Domaine Guigal. He took over the winemaking reins at the domaine in 1997, after completing degrees in chemistry and biochemistry (University of Lyons) and oenology (University of Burgundy). He also holds an MS in wine management from the OIV (International Organisation of Vine and Wine) based in Paris.
Philippe works closely with his father, Marcel. The two-man team pursue their common goal: to maintain a family company while producing the finest Rhône Valley wines.
Philippe married in 2008, and he and his wife Eve have twin boys, Charles Etienne, born in 2010.
Matt Walls is an award-winning freelance wine writer and consultant, contributing regular articles to several print and online titles including Decanter, where he is a contributing editor and Rhône correspondent.
He is interested in all areas of wine but specialises in those of the Rhône – he is regional chair for the Rhône at the Decanter World Wine Awards.
His first book on wine, Drink Me!, won Best Newcomer at the 2013 Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards. His second book, Wines of the Rhône, was published by Infinite Ideas as part of their Classic Wine Library series in January 2021.
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