2012 E. Guigal Condrieu

SKU #1138642 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Even better, the 2012 Condrieu (same elevage as the 2011) is a slightly fresher effort that offers vibrant white peach, apricot, flowers and assorted tropical notes. Possessing awesome acidity and freshness, yet still showing the texture and depth of the appellation and variety, it is a knockout Condrieu to enjoy over the coming 4-5 years.  (12/ 2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale gold. Pungently aromatic scents of dried pear, citrus zest, chamomile and violet, with a hint of anise in the background. Concentrated and lively on the palate, with tactile pear skin and Meyer lemon flavors given added power by deeper nectarine and honey qualities. Sharply delineated on the close, leaving chalky mineral and pit fruit nectar notes behind.  (4/ 2014)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A textbook Condrieu, with alluring creamed peach, apricot and ginger notes backed by almond cream and anise details on the finish. The lightly toasted finish lingers.  (10/ 2014)

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By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/15/2013  | Send Email
A gorgeous aromatic nose with violets, apricot, peaches and citrus. It sees a bit (30%) of new oak in the fermentation process, but still with a very fresh palate. This is a Rich, unctuous and full bodied wine.

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Varietal:

Viognier

- Relatively challenging to cultivate, this white grape's plantings were long limited to two appellations in the Northern Rhône - Condrieu, the better known of the two, and Château-Grillet - but its recent gains in popularity inspired plantings in the Languedoc-Roussillon, across California, as well as in parts of Australia, Italy, Spain and South America. Intensely aromatic and full-bodied, Viognier is prized for its aromas and flavors of stone fruits, d'Anjou pears and white flowers. In fact, its heady perfume wins it the honor of being a rare white varietal used in one of the world's top reds - Côte-Rôtie - where it is often planted amid the Syrah and co-fermented with that grape. The combination deepens the color of Côte-Rôtie and adds to its already deep and distinctive nose.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5