2012 E. Guigal "La Doriane" Condrieu (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Even better and a monumental effort, the 2012 Condrieu La Doriane shows the freshness and purity of the vintage, with thrilling minerality that gives lift to stone fruits, citrus, marmalade and assorted floral nuances. Medium to full-bodied, laser-focused and ultra-precise, yet still fantastically textured and long, this is blockbuster stuff that flirts with perfection and should not be missed. (JD)
Guigal's La Doriane is a luxurious and invigorating Condrieu sourced from four exemplary, steeply terraced parcels of this tiny and very special appellation. The vines average 35 years old, and the wine is made in a somewhat firmer style than some of the more flamboyant bottlings of years' past. The wine is aged in 100% new oak, but the distinct granite minerality of the finest Condrieu terroir has a way of "absorbing" the oak so that it is completely integrated and seamless in the overall profile.