Guigal Hermitage Blanc 2005
Rhone White Blends from Rhone, France
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%.
Color: Consistent straw yellow.
Nose: Complex nose with dominant floral vegetal notes and acacia honey. Elegant and delicate oak.
Palate: Spicy with good structure. A wine for ageing.
Overall: Overall balance and with deep complex aromas characteristic of these rare white wines.
Ageing potential: 10 to 15 years.
Food and wine matching: Spicy starters, fish, garlicky dishes and cheese
"The 2005 Hermitage blanc reveals licorice, roasted nut, quince, and marmalade characteristics. Even more powerful and dense than the 2006, this impressive, honeyed offering possesses excellent acidity as well as a tannic-like structure. It should evolve for two decades.
While the entire world of wine knows how profound Guigal’s red wines are, they may not know that he continues to demonstrate a complete mastery of white wine varietals, from his lowly Cotes du Rhone blend of Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, Clairette, and Bourboulenc, to his seriously-endowed dry whites from the northern Rhone. There are two cuvees of white Hermitage. The luxury offering, Ex-Voto, comes from five acres of 90-year old Marsanne vines planted in two separate vineyards on Hermitage Hill - l’Ermite and Les Murets. As the following notes indicate, Guigal has set aside a number of barrels that could make up the 2007 Ex-Voto, but he is not yet sure the quality will be high enough as this must be a wine of great richness and complexity.
The Wine Advocate
"Honey, almond and lime flavors seem to vibrate their way through this wine's generous oak tones, a powerful, well-integrated acidity pushing the fruit to the fore. The flavors last, clean, bright and energizing, promising to hold for another decade while the oak blends in. Delicious. "
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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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Other appellations of the Rhône include: in the North – St-Péray, Chateau Grillet; in the South – Lirac, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Tricastin, Rasteau
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White Rhone blends consist of two or more white grapes from its namesake region. This includes Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. Other white grapes may be included in miniscule amounts, but the above four are the principles. In the Rhone, Viognier is typically alone in the Northern Rhone and absent in the Southern Rhone, although, in the north, 20% of the variety...
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