2014 E. Guigal "Lieu Dit" Saint-Joseph Blanc (Pre-Arrival)
Flamboyantly gorgeous, with toasted macadamia nut and warmed butter notes leading the way for a rich core of papaya, creamed white peach and Cavaillon melon flavors. Verbena and heather details frame the finish, which lets the fruit pump through. A beauty. Drink now through 2022.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 St Joseph Lieu Dit St Joseph Blanc is 100% Marsanne that was raised all in wood, with the normal 100% new oak regime pulled back to just 50%. It’s a rock star white that plays in the top handful of white from the appellation, and would easily stand in a lineup of top Hermitage Blanc as well. Caramelized peaches, citrus, almond paste, honeysuckle and a kiss of classy oak all emerge from this full-bodied, layered, vibrant beauty. I like it now, but it will drink nicely through 2029. (JD)
Brilliant yellow. Aromas of fresh pear and white peach, complicated by orange zest and floral nuances. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering mineral-laced poached pear and citrus zest flavors that deepen on the back half. Hints of anise and ginger emerge on a very long, subtly smoky finish that echoes the floral and mineral notes.
93% Marsanne, 7% Roussanne. It used to be all new oak, then two-thirds and now half. All their own vines, on granite. It sells out immediately in November! Especially to the Wine Society. Round and still a little oaky and sweet. I’d like it just very slightly less oaky. But it is certainly pure pleasure. Positively vamps the inside of the mouth it’s so round.