Guigal Condrieu 2011
Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The delicately elusive perfume suggests pear, spices and honeysuckle, while on the palate the wines is surprisingly rich and full-bodied, a wine for both the intellect and the senses. A remarkable minerality in this vintage. It may be enjoyed as an aperitif with foie gras, lobster and other rich seafoods, and white asparagus.
"Sure, La Doriane, Guigal’s luxury cuvée of Condrieu, is more opulent. But if what you’re after is a taste of Condrieu, this is the bottle you want. It has all of viognier’s stone fruit and florals, here presented as only Condrieu can, with an umami savor that tethers them firmly to earth. It’s at once caressing and firm, luxurious without being showy. And it lasts, holding its freshness for a week after opening."
Wine & Spirits
"Moving to Condrieu, the Guigals release two bottlings in any given vintage; a classic Condrieu that’s aged partially in new oak and the majority in tank; and the cuvee La Doriane, which see 100% new oak, and is a cellar selection that comes from a number of estate plots. Both go through full malolactic fermentation, and since 2003, there’s been a stylistic shift to show more freshness and purity (which is a common thread among a number of producers). First off, the 2011 Condrieu is gorgeous. Offering up loads of apricot, buttered citrus, flowers and honeysuckle, it is a classic Condrieu that has a rich, full texture (it sees a touch of extended skin contact), great purity and blockbuster finish. "
The Wine Advocate
"Pale gold. Fresh peach, pear and white flowers on the nose, with complicating notes of honey and chalky minerals. Fleshy, plush and ripe, with strong pit fruit flavors and a bracing note of lemon curd. Firms up on the finish, picking up a smoky note and showing very good balance and spicy persistence."
International Wine Cellar
"A racy, restrained style, offering notes of quinine, plantain, green fig and green almond, with notes a lovely floral-tinted finish that lets the flavors play out. Drink now through 2015. 500 cases imported."
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The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Cote-Rotie. In these vineyards that are over 2400 years old, you can still see the small terraced walls characteristic of the Roman period. Etienne Guigal arrived in this region in 1923 at the age of 14. He made wine for over 67 vintages and, at the beginning of his...
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This tiny appellation just south of Cote Rotie produces all white wine, all from Viognier, the heady, perfumed grape that is at its best in the Northern Rhone. The slopes are south facing and made of granite, with a very specific top soil made from mica, called arzelle. Condrieu is small, with only 300 acres of vine. Within Condrieu lies Chateau Grillet, a sole...
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Viognier(vee-ohn-YAY) Viognier is best known for producing the rich, aromatic white wines of the Northern Rhone. Once a pricey commodity of the area, it's now much easier to find and drink. The perfumed grape creates wines of distinct aromas and flavors. Lower in acid and even lower yielding, Viognier kept to itself in Southern France until some traveling winemakers took hold of...
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