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2005 Guigal - Condrieu La Doriane Viognier - France - Northern Rhone - Condrieu - White

France - Northern Rhone - Condrieu

White Viognier
Producer Notes

Marcel Guigal - the so-called "pivot" of the Cote-Rotie appellation - is both an owner and negociant, and vinifies over 40% of all Cote-Rotie. His father, Etienne, started out quite modestly in 1946, and over the next decades the company has grown to encompass all that is best in the Rhone Valley. Not only known for the massive hits in Hermitage and Cote-Rotie, the Guigal name is... More »

WA 96
IWC 93
WS 93
Drink Dates
Comm: 2009-2009 WA: 2007-2012 WS: 2006-2008
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750ml $89.95

IWC 93
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 130

($90) Light gold. Explosively aromatic nose offers a complex array of citrus and spice scents, notably tangerine, blood orange and nutmeg. Sappy and concentrated, showing great depth to the sweet but energetic citrus flavors. Really expands on the palate, with riper peach and nectarine flavors building through a strikingly long, elegant finish. "We're after finesse and expression without heaviness here." explains Guigal, who points out that this was raised in 100% new oak. "You can't see it, can you?" he asked. Nope.

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WA 96
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 170
Drink Dates 2007-2012

Guigal is the largest producer of Condrieu, and he continues to augment his production from this tiny appellation. His 2005 Condrieu La Doriane is one of the finest he has ever made. The wine is just spectacular and in 2005 went through 100% malolactic. The wine is sensationally rich with notes of crushed rocks, white peach, spring flowers, and some bee's wax and tropical oils. Totally profound, with fabulous acidity, amazing richness and length, this is a stunner that should drink well for 4-5 years, possibly longer. Experience has taught me that confidence in Condrieu to hold up with aging is a fool's game, so enjoy this wine's early appeal and its fabulous aromatics.

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WS 93
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2006-2008

Concentrated, with focused almond, acacia, mango and dried pineapple flavors. Nice cut to the finish, with lingering anise notes that really open up in the glass. Great mouthfeel. 1,500 cases made.

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Author Jim W NYC
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 06/11/2012
Drink Dates

Great wine, hasa not gone into dumb faze. Great fruit, oily, exactly what I want from this Rhone superstar

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Author Scooter
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.87%
Tasted On 09/26/2009

A terrific Rhone white, with great structure and floral and honeysuckle notes. Good either as an aperitif or with food. Plenty of stuffing left, too.

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Author DrinkBeHappy
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.131%
Tasted On 06/14/2009
Drink Dates 2009-2010

This is not your mother's Viognier. Strong, powerful nose of perfume and flowers and a mineral finish that doesn't quit. Outstanding wine that is ready to drink.

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Author Forest HK
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Tasted On 01/20/2009
Drink Dates 2009

too oaky for me.... on the nose there is white flowers and pears

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