Guigal La Doriane Condrieu 2009
Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
A great success since the first vintage, the wine always seems richly oaked and very fruity when young, transforming in 3-4 years into a seamlessly complex, aromatic and vibrant wine. La Doriane contradicts the accepted wisdom that Condrieu does not age well.
"The 2009 Condrieu La Doriane (15% natural alcohol) exhibits explosive aromas of white peaches, anise, orange marmalade, honeysuckle and crushed rocks. Stunning freshness, minerality and definition characterize this blockbuster Condrieu. It should drink well for a decade.
The Wine Advocate
"Pure and long, with gorgeous fig, anise and creamed pear notes that sail through. Buried minerality and a lilting floral note hang on through the finish. Drink now through 2013."
"Light yellow. Musky aromas of casaba melon, lime pith and candied ginger, with slow-building smokiness. Sappy, dense and mineral-driven, at once opulent and tightly focused, with lovely spicy lift contributing energy to its deep honeydew and orchard fruit flavors. The minerality drives a long, spicy, impressively powerful finish."
International Wine Cellar
"This wine's scent is pure pleasure—a trio of florals, stone fruit and earth with the sort of balance achieved only in Condrieu. The wine gets even better on the palate, the peach blossom aromas lifting the flavors, the light toastiness of the fruit and its golden hues as warming and ethereal as the sun's rays. It's opulent and lasting with racy acidity, a wine to showcase next to a simple roast lobster with drawn butter.
Wine & Spirits
"Juicy and aromatic with peach and white flowers, subtle minerals; 100% new oak, balanced, complex and full."
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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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