2015 E. Guigal "La Doriane" Condrieu (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Easily one of the greatest Condrieu I’ve ever tasted is the 2015 Condrieu La Doriane. A wine that needs to be tasted to be believed, it possesses a huge nose of toasted brioche, liquid rocks, apricot, flower oil and salty minerality. Unctuous, full-bodied, massively rich, yet also elegant and graceful, with beautiful freshness, enjoy this tour de force over the coming 5-6 years.
Guigal's "La Doriane" Viognier from Condrieu is on a roll, gaining Wine Advocate scores of 96-98 points from the 2009 through 2014 vintages. Aged in new French oak, this bottling tends toward a more opulent style. Praise for the vintners from WA's Jeb Dunnuck: "The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte-Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched....I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world." (12/2014)