2011 Guigal Hermitage
Marsanne - 750ML
  • WS 95
  • VN 92
  • WA 92

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$49.94

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Reg: $64.94

$49.94

This product is
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WS 95
Wine Spectator, October 2014
Viscous in feel, featuring citrus and hazelnut oil notes that weave around a core of white peach, verbena, creamed Cavaillon melon and glazed pear flavors. Long and honeyed through the finish, with a thread of bitter... Viscous in feel, featuring citrus and hazelnut oil notes that weave around a core of white peach, verbena, creamed Cavaillon melon and glazed pear flavors. Long and honeyed through the finish, with a thread of bitter almond offsetting the opulence. Drink now through 2029. 2,000 cases made. –JM
VN 92
Antonio Galloni's Vinous, February 2015
(all of the fruit that would normally go into the Ex-Voto bottling is in here): Bright yellow-gold. Energetic, deeply pitched aromas of tangerine, yellow apple, fig and chalky minerals, with a touch of honey emerging... (all of the fruit that would normally go into the Ex-Voto bottling is in here): Bright yellow-gold. Energetic, deeply pitched aromas of tangerine, yellow apple, fig and chalky minerals, with a touch of honey emerging slowly. Concentrated orchard and pit fruit flavors coat the palate, with ginger and smoky mineral notes adding bite and lift. The dry, chewy finish shows strong tension, an echo of honey and impressive persistence. - Josh Raynolds
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2013
Along the same lines, and the same blend/elevage, the 2011 Hermitage Blanc (there was no Ex-Voto produced in the vintage) is a rich, voluptuously textured effort that has knockout purity and focus. Citrus blossom, vanilla... Along the same lines, and the same blend/elevage, the 2011 Hermitage Blanc (there was no Ex-Voto produced in the vintage) is a rich, voluptuously textured effort that has knockout purity and focus. Citrus blossom, vanilla creme, white currants and quince all flow to a full-bodied Hermitage Blanc that has great acidity and serious length on the finish. As with the 2010, it will drink nicely for over a decade. - Jeb Dunnuck
Color & Type White
Varietal Marsanne
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2011

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.