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Date Printed: 8/27/2014
Guigal Hermitage Rouge 1999
Guigal Hermitage Rouge 1999
(search item no. 51613)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $43.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2002 The Wine News rating: 95 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This 100% Syrah is one of the great red wines of the world. In the glass this wines is a deep, very dark color. On the nose it is spicy with small soft fruit and delicate woody aromas. A huge, tannic wine on the palate. Aromas of blackcurrant buds and vanilla. A harmonious balance between an imperceptible acidity and strongly present tannins mellowed by prolonged refining in the wood. From old vine Syrah in Hermitage!
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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.