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2005 E. Guigal "La Doriane" Condrieu

SKU #1180748 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The brilliant 2005 Condrieu La Doriane (aged in 100% new oak) boasts a classic Condrieu nose of buttered almonds, marzipan, lychee nuts, white peaches, and tropical fruits presented in a full-bodied, unctuous format with excellent acidity, depth, and earthiness. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2008)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Light gold. Explosively aromatic nose offers a complex array of citrus and spice scents, notably tangerine, blood orange and nutmeg. Sappy and concentrated, showing great depth to the sweet but energetic citrus flavors. Really expands on the palate, with riper peach and nectarine flavors building through a strikingly long, elegant finish. "We're after finesse and expression without heaviness here." explains Guigal, who points out that this was raised in 100% new oak. "You can't see it, can you?" he asked. Nope. (JR) Inner quote mark (1/2007)

93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Guigal has been producing this special cuvée of Condrieu since 1994, sourced from two steep parcels of vines that are now between 20 and 30 years old. The 2005 is striking for its refined fragrance and aristocratic demeanor, showing aromas of peach, fresh pear, exotic spices and honeysuckle framed by smoky minerality and soft notes of new wood. It's lusciously velvety; another year in the bottle should allow the fruit to better balance the oak and alcohol. Inner quote mark (2/2007)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Concentrated, with focused almond, acacia, mango and dried pineapple flavors. Nice cut to the finish, with lingering anise notes that really open up in the glass. Great mouthfeel. (JM) Inner quote mark (12/2006)

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