2012 E. Guigal "La Doriane" Condrieu
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Like with the classic Condrieu, I was able to retaste the 2012 Condrieu la Doriane. It’s absorbed any trace of the 100% new oak it was raised in and displays blockbuster notes of golden fruits, ripe peach, honeysuckle, toasted bread and caramelized citrus. Full-bodied, decadent and mouth filling, it stays remarkably well balanced, graceful and pure. (JD)
This seems a tad more restrained than usual for La Doriane, which has typically been extremely lush and exotic in the past. The 2012 isn't as over the top, but still shows plenty of ripe apricot and tropical fruit framed by smoky oak and baking spices. The finish is long and mouthwatering, suggesting at least a few years of longevity.
A showy style, with aromatic apricot, orange, quince, fig and pear notes all weaving together and pumping through a bold, toasted hazelnut— and almond-filled finish. Shows plenty of power, delivering length and definition.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(all new oak here): Bright yellow. Assertive aromas of nectarine, violet and smoky minerals, with a gingery nuance adding lift. Broad and silky on the palate, offering densely packed orchard and pit fruit flavors that become spicier with air. The mineral note comes back strong on the finish, which lingers with excellent tenacity and building smokiness. (JR)
Wine & Spirits
This is flashy Condrieu, opulent in its plump, fleshy white peach flavor and oak spice, sophisticated in its leesy, nutty restraint. Right now, the oak stands out a little bluntly, with a slightly bitter edge; best to put this away for the next six to eight years and let it meld, when it will be a suitably indulgent match for lobster in drawn butter.
Bottled in July from their holdings which now total 4 ha. All vinified in new oak, as usual but with the new acquisition on granite terroir the balance has changed. It's less opulent and explosive and has a bit more rigidity. Already lovely and round with great texture and no trace of oak. This would make a great bottle for Christmas. (17.5/20 points)
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.