2010 Condrieu, La Doriane, E. Guigal, Rhône

2010 Condrieu, La Doriane, E. Guigal, Rhône

Product: 20108116473
2010 Condrieu, La Doriane, E. Guigal, Rhône

Description

The archetype of the richer oaky style of Condrieu, Dorianne has had a particularly successful outing in 2010, ironically perhaps as it is a little more restrained than the massive 2009. Pear, peach and more tropical elements dominate the nose, and then the palate exhibits a spicy honied texture. New oak has informed the entire process, from the vinification to the 8 months of maturation. An outstanding Doriane.
Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer, February 2012

Guigal’s pre-eminence in the Rhone Valley is beyond question. The grandeur of their ‘grand projet’, the Chateau at Ampuis, is a tangible demonstration of status; yet seeing the whole family in attendance at virtually every Wine Fair in symbolic support of the wines of the whole valley is testament to not only their humility but also their dedication and commitment, amply underlined here by the terrific quality of these, their two rarest white wines.

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Critics reviews

Wine Advocate100/100
Robert Parker98/100
Wine Advocate100/100
The finest Condrieu Ive ever tasted is unquestionably the 2010 Condrieu la Doriane. Possessing over the top richness and depth, as well as phenomenal purity and elegance, it offers to-die-for notes of white flowers, apricots, liquid rocks, caramelized citrus and toasted bread. Full-bodied, layered, multi-dimensional and with blockbuster length, Viognier just doesnt get any better.
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Robert Parker98/100
Perhaps the finest example of this cuvee Guigal has yet made, the 2010 Condrieu La Doriane flirts with perfection. Profoundly intense with abundant notes reminiscent of caramelized oranges, lychee nuts, apricots, spring flowers and a liqueur of wet rocks, this superb, full-bodied, rich Condrieu possesses slightly higher acids than the 2009. It should keep for 5-10 years.
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About this WINE

Maison Guigal

Maison Guigal

Guigal is the most famous produer in Côte Rôtie and one of the finest in the Rhône Valley. It was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal, following his departure from Vidal-Fleury, where he had worked for just under twenty years. His son, Marcel, joined the company in 1961 and is now the head of the company.

Guigal pioneered the notion of single vineyard Côte Rôties and his 3 most famous wines, La Landonne, La Mouline and La Turque are amongst the most sought after wines in the world today.

Marcel Guigal's attitude to winemaking is typical of the simple genius that one seems to stumble upon when looking at any of the world's greatest winemakers - low yields, organic viticulture and little or no intervention in the cellars - in short, a respect for nature and a passion for the wine itself.

Robert Parker commented on Marcel Guigal that "In the past 20 years I have spent visiting wineries and vignerons, I have never seen a producer so fanatical about quality as Marcel Guigal."

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Condrieu

Condrieu

Until you’ve tasted Viognier grown in Condrieu, you’ve never truly experienced the grape’s majesty. In the same way that winemakers the world over have planted Pinot Noir in the hope of emulating red Burgundy, so too they’ve planted Viognier in the hope of achieving the unique balance of exotic perfume, weight and freshness for which Condrieu is famed. Few succeed. Traditionally, winemakers here have used relatively inert, large wooden vessels vinification and élevage are in relatively inert, large, wooden vessels, but the new generation of winemakers are increasingly interested in the qualities of new oak.

Plantings have expanded beyond the core of the AOC, around the village itself, to 140 hectares from the low of eight hectares in the 1960s. The vineyards pick up where Côte-Rôtie leaves off, the slope continues, but the schist of the north begins to give way to a little more granite and a topsoil of decomposed mica. Today the appellation is characterised by energy and creativity, and demand for the wines from this diminutive region is soaring.

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Viognier

Viognier

A white grape variety originating in the Northern Rhône and which in the last ten years has been increasingly planted in the Southern Rhône and the Languedoc.

It is a poor-yielding grape that is notoriously fickle to grow, being susceptible to a whole gamut of pests and diseases. Crucially it must be picked at optimum ripeness - if harvested too early and under-ripe the resulting wine can be thin, dilute and unbalanced, while if picked too late then the wine will lack the grape's distinctive peach and honeysuckle aroma. It is most successfully grown in the tiny appellations of Château-Grillet and Condrieu where it thrives on the distinctive arzelle granite-rich soils. It is also grown in Côte Rôtie where it lends aromatic richness to the wines when blended with Syrah.

Viognier has been on the charge in the Southern Rhône and the Languedoc throughout the 1990s and is now a key component of many white Côtes du Rhône. In Languedoc and Rousillon it is increasingly being bottled unblended and with notable success with richly fragrant wines redolent of overripe apricots and peaches and selling at a fraction of the price of their Northern Rhône cousins.

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