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2018 E. Guigal "La Doriane" Condrieu (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1482294 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Bottled at the same time, the 2018 Condrieu La Doriane is a bigger, more luxurious version of the appellation release. Beautiful quince, acacia flowers, apricot, and spice notes emerge from the glass and it builds beautifully on the palate, with medium to full body, integrated acidity, and flawless overall balance. It shows the soft, sexy side to the vintage and is best enjoyed over the coming 4-6 years. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a very fresh and attractively rich wine, as always, but the forward nature of the vintage has played right to its strengths. The nose is so complex with apricot custard and brulée, as well as roasted hazelnuts and all manner of baking spices. Some mangoes and peaches, too. The texture is so supple, rich and beautifully silky, really bathed in flavor, and already drinking wonderfully. So long, with grilled hazelnuts that rise very late on the back-palate horizon. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (7/2019)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Light, green-tinged yellow. A hugely perfumed bouquet evokes ripe orchard and pit fruit liqueur, honey, vanilla, exotic flowers and smoky minerals, along with emerging spiciness. Broad and fleshy but shockingly lively as well, offering palate-coating orchard and pit fruit flavors that take on energizing spiciness through the mid-palate. The honey and mineral note reverberate on an extremely long, smooth finish that leaves a refreshingly bitter orange zest note behind. (JR) Inner quote mark (5/2020)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Condrieu la Doriane was barrel fermented in 100% new oak. Yes, it's toasty as a result, but it's loaded with grilled stone fruit and doesn't seem overdone, just rich, plush, full-bodied and long on the powerful finish. It's another top-notch effort from the appellation's leading (volume) producer. (JC) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This is very rounded and broad with real depth of fruit and genuine Condrieu intensity. The acidity is balanced and it’s very oaky, but it works; it's not overly thick in texture but it has good freshness. First vintage was 1994, and since then this cuvée has expanded to take in more lieux-dits, now covering 5 plots, all vinified separately. Guigal now owns an impressive 19ha now, including some of the best lieux-dits. La Doriane is considerably richer and more oaky than the classic cuvée, vinified in 100% new oak barriques, the wine staying in barrel for 9 months in total. (MW) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

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