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Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Guigal Condrieu 2006
Guigal Condrieu 2006
(search item no. 95032)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $48.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Condrieu is the original home of the Viognier vine, and is the source of one of the world's most exotic white wines. The tiny, parcelated appellation (500 acres total/200 planted) is located on steep hillsides beginning at a bend in the Rhône River just south of Côte Rôtie and continuing intermittently about 12 miles further south. Marcel and Philippe Guigal supplement the production of their own Condrieu vineyards with a small amount of grapes purchased from growers, vinifying the wine in stainless steel (two-thirds) and barrique (one-third). The delicately elusive perfume suggests pears, spice, and honeysuckle, while on the palate the wine is surprisingly rich and full-bodied, a wine equally for the intellect and the senses. Condrieu may be enjoyed as an aperitif, with foie gras, lobster and other rich seafoods, and (some say) white asparagus.

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About E. Guigal:

The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Côte-Rôtie. 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 career, participated in the development of the Vidal-Fleury establishment.

Despite his young age, Marcel Guigal took over from his father in 1961 when the latter was victim to a brutal illness rendering him blind. Marcel's hard work and perseverance enabled the Guigals to buy out Vidal-Fleury in 1984, although the establishment retains its own identity and commercial autonomy. In 2000, the Guigals purchased the Jean-Louis Grippat estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage, as well as the Domaine de Vallouit in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.

In the cellars of the Guigal estate in Ampuis, the northern appellations of the Rhône Valley are produced and aged. These are the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. The great appellations of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône, are also aged in the Ampuis cellars.