Please The Palate Pick of the Week: E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose 2016

Summer is here. The sun is shining and it is getting hot outside. It is the perfect season for rosé wine (although I will say that I love to drink rosé year round). What is more enjoyable than sitting around with friends, sipping a refreshing glass of beautiful pink wine as the sun begins to set. This week’s Please The Palate “pick of the week” is E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rosé 2016.

E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rosé 2016 is a blend of 70% grenache, 20% cinsault and 10% syrah. The grapes come from the Cotes du Rhone in France which is the generic AOC for wines from the Rhone Valley. The Cotes du Rhone appellation covers 171 counties from the north in Vienne to south in Avignon. E. Guigal, located in Ampuis, in northern Rhone, is known for their Cote-Rotie red wines but has been making rosé since their founding in the 1940s.

The E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rosé 2016 is a bright pink color in the glass. It has a fresh nose of strawberry, raspberry and red currant that jump out of the glass. On the palate, the fruit shines through but there is also a touch of mineral and spice on the finish. The wine has balanced acidity and can be enjoyed sipping alone or paired with cheese, fish and salads.

If you want to please your palate, try the E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rosé 2016.