2012 E. Guigal "La Doriane" Condrieu

SKU #1256429 97 points 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)  (12/2014)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (8/2015)

94 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (11/2014)

93 points 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)  (4/2014)

91 points 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.  (2/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 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)  (11/2013)

K&L Notes

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.

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Varietal:

Viognier

- Relatively challenging to cultivate, this white grape's plantings were long limited to two appellations in the Northern Rhône - Condrieu, the better known of the two, and Château-Grillet - but its recent gains in popularity inspired plantings in the Languedoc-Roussillon, across California, as well as in parts of Australia, Italy, Spain and South America. Intensely aromatic and full-bodied, Viognier is prized for its aromas and flavors of stone fruits, d'Anjou pears and white flowers. In fact, its heady perfume wins it the honor of being a rare white varietal used in one of the world's top reds - Côte-Rôtie - where it is often planted amid the Syrah and co-fermented with that grape. The combination deepens the color of Côte-Rôtie and adds to its already deep and distinctive nose.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5