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2014 E. Guigal "La Doriane" Condrieu

SKU #1229759 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Condrieu la Doriane is a sensational white that marries the inherent richness and exotic quality of the Viognier grape with the purity, elegance and grace imparted by this cooler vintage. Giving up terrific notes of white peach, marmalade, flowers, spice and tangerines, it has full-bodied richness, awesome purity and integrated acidity. Deep, rich, lengthy and profound, it’s up there with some of the greatest Condrieu ever made. (JD)  (12/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Plump and flattering, with green melon, green fig and green almond notes pumping along, backed by hints of peach and anise. Creamy, offering a hint of glazed pear on the finish and showing just enough buried acidity for balance and purity. Drink now through 2018. (JM)  (6/2016)

93 points James Suckling

 This has a more complex and layered nose with a surge of warmer toasty oak and more lees-derived complexity in terms of aromas and texture. This is more linear, pushing deeper on the palate and will age easily past 2020. Warm, nutty finish. A blend of five-choice parcels vinified separately and blended just before bottling.  (10/2016)

93 points Vinous

 Light, bright yellow-gold. Broad, mineral-tinged orchard and pit fruit aromas show excellent clarity, and a sexy floral element emerges slowly. Sappy, palate-coating pear nectar and tangerine flavors are complicated by notes of violet, honey and candied ginger, while a minerally element adds vibrant lift. Becomes spicier on the finish, which hangs on with superb tenacity and a lingering floral quality. (JR)  (3/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Very opulent. Round and subtle. Smoky underneath. An attractive slightly bitter/quinine finish that could even be a little more pronounced. According to Philippe, some of the terroirs give such concentration of Viognier flavour that it gives ‘amer noble’. Lots to chew on. 18/20 points  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

Guigal's "La Doriane" Viognier from Condrieu is on a roll, gaining Wine Advocate scores of 96-98 points from the 2009 through 2013 vintages. Aged in new French oak, this bottling tends toward a more opulent style. Praise for the vintners from Wine Advocate'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 Hermitage, 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)

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/22/2016 | Send Email
I was fortunate enough to visit this vineyard in early 2014 and it was remarkable. The steep slopes, the quality of the site, the care of the vines, there is so much detail behind making this wine. On the nose, ripe peaches and honeysuckle come forth, followed by grilled bread and toasted spices. The palate is exquisite with richness and underlying acidity. A year or two down is prescribed, you want the oak and fruit to fully integrate, but what a powerhouse it is now.

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- 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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5