2011 E. Guigal Hermitage Blanc

SKU #1171025 95 points Wine Spectator

 Viscous in feel, featuring citrus and hazelnut oil notes that weave around a core of white peach, verbena, creamed Cavaillon melon and glazed pear flavors. Long and honeyed through the finish, with a thread of bitter almond offsetting the opulence. Drink now through 2029. (Insider)  (8/2014)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 In 2011, the Guigals decided against bottling an Ex-Voto wine, so the grapes normally earmarked for that cuvée—from Les Murets and L’Hermite—went into this Hermitage. In typical Guigal fashion, it’s rich and sophisticated, the ripe fruit toasty with oak and enriched with notes of marzipan and lees. The acidity keeps it lifted, allowing some earthy minerality through—an element that will grow more expressive with another decade in the cellar.  (2/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 ...The 2011 Hermitage Blanc (there was no Ex-Voto produced in the vintage) is a rich, voluptuously textured effort that has knockout purity and focus. Citrus blossom, vanilla creme, white currants and quince all flow to a full-bodied Hermitage Blanc that has great acidity and serious length on the finish. As with the 2010, it will drink nicely for over a decade. (JD)  (12/2013)

92 points Vinous

 Bright yellow-gold. Energetic, deeply pitched aromas of tangerine, yellow apple, fig and chalky minerals, with a touch of honey emerging slowly. Concentrated orchard and pit fruit flavors coat the palate, with ginger and smoky mineral notes adding bite and lift. The dry, chewy finish shows strong tension, an echo of honey and impressive persistence. (JR)  (2/2015)

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Other White Wines

Country:

France

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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.
Specific Appellation:

Hermitage/Crozes-Hermitage