2014 E. Guigal "Lieu Dit" Saint-Joseph Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1248384 95 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (8/2016)

94 points 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)  (12/2015)

92 points Vinous

 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.  (3/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (11/2015)

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