2011 E. Guigal "La Doriane" Condrieu
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the great wines of Condrieu is Guigal’s 2011 Condrieu La Doriane. This remarkably consistent blockbuster is not a single vineyard wine as much of it comes from some of the finest sites in this appellation, such as the Cote Chatillon, Coteau du Chery, Colombier and the aforementioned Lys de Volant. It is capable of lasting 4-5 years, although I recently found a 2001 in my cellar that was drinking sensationally. It was shocking to see how well it was holding up at age 11. The 2011 is superb, offering white peach, honeysuckle, quince, peach marmalade, spring flower and subtle background oak notes. Full-bodied with good minerality and freshness, it is exceptionally well delineated for a wine of this size.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale gold. Nectarine, pear and lemon curd on the nose, with complicating vanilla and mineral qualities gaining strength with air. Broad and fleshy but impressively focused, offering juicy orchard fruit flavors and a bitter note of citrus pith. Precise, dry and nervy on the strikingly long, penetrating finish, with its sexy honeysuckle and ginger notes.
Wine & Spirits
La Doriane is a lavish wine, its rich, custardy texture laden with tropical fruit and spice. The abundant oak weaves into the fruit to create an almost chewy texture; when its flavor subsides, the fruit details come up, floral notes joining lemon acidity. It should come into a more restrained balance with another five or six years in the cellar, although those who love that in-your-face intensity will enjoy it now, especially if there's lobster with drawn butter at hand.
Takes a broad approach, with buttered brioche, creamed melon, glazed pear and warm macadamia nut notes all gliding seamlessly through the fennel-tinged finish. A gorgeous, hedonistic version, featuring a flattering mouthfeel. Drink now through 2015.