2009 Guigal Condrieu la Doriane
Viognier - 750ML
  • WA 99
  • WS 93
  • IWC 93
  • W&S 93

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$94.94

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Reg: $109.94

$94.94

This product is
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WA 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2016
Another insanely good Condrieu is the light gold-colored 2009 Condrieu la Doriane. A bigger, richer, more flamboyant and sexy wine than the 2010, it offers thrilling notes of tangerines, white peach, flowers and brioche... Another insanely good Condrieu is the light gold-colored 2009 Condrieu la Doriane. A bigger, richer, more flamboyant and sexy wine than the 2010, it offers thrilling notes of tangerines, white peach, flowers and brioche in a full-bodied, fat, unctuous, yet never heavy package. It doesn’t have the minerality and precision of the 2010, but it packs a crazy amount of fruit and texture, and is just a joy to drink. - Jeb Dunnuck
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, June 2011
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. 1,600 cases made. –JM
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2011
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... 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. - Josh Raynolds
W&S 93
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, February 2011
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... 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.
Color & Type White
Varietal Viognier
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2009

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The Condrieu appellation covers about 150 hectares. La Doriane is the crown jewel in Guigal’s holdings in the Condrieu appellation, a region encompassing about 150 hectares of the northern Rhone and known for its stunning whites, particularly Viognier.

Overhanging the right bank of the Rhone, the steep, terraced La Doriane vineyard is planted exclusively with Viognier. Soils are primarily granitic, but include some shale and silicon limestone. The average vine age is 35 years.

Guigal’s La Doriane Condrieu is fermented and aged in new French oak barrels. It undergoes complete malolactic fermentation and ages for nine months.

Winery

Guigal

The Guigal Estate was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in Ampuis, a small ancient village and cradle of the Cote-Rotie appellation. It shelters a unique vineyard where the vines and the wines have been famous for 2,400 years. Arriving in the region in 1924 at the age of 14, Etienne began his career at Vidal-Fleury, participating in its development and working his way up to the position of cellar-master before leaving to establish his own company. He has vinified 67 harvests in Cote-Rotie.

In 1961, although still very young, Marcel Guigal took over management of the establishment from his father who was stricken suddenly with total blindness. In 1973, his wife Bernadette joined him and they worked together to develop the family business. In 1975, their son Philippe was born and is today the estate’s winemaker. With his wife Eve, he represents the third generation to continue the family business, in the service of the great wines of the Rhone Valley.

Their hard work and perseverance enabled them to purchase the Vidal-Fleury Establishment in the mid ‘80s and in 1995, they acquired the famous Chateau d’Ampuis, an ancient fort built in the 12th century, later repurposed into a Renaissance chateau during the 16th century. In a state of neglect and terrible disrepair, Guigal has taken on a colossal renovation, spanning nearly 11 years with over 100 people working on the project.

The Chateau d’Ampuis has become the headquarters of the Guigal Estate while the offices and the cellars remain in the ancient small village of Ampuis. While their vineyards span the length and breadth of what the Rhone Valley offers, the heart of the winery’s production is still Cote-Rotie, whose ultimate expression can be found in Guigal’s most famous releases: La Landonne, La Turque, and La Mouline.