2011 Guigal Condrieu la Doriane
Viognier - 750ML

  • WA 94
  • WS 93
  • IWC 93
  • W&S 93

Reg: $99.94

$79.94

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Reg: $99.94

$79.94

This product is
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WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2012
One of the great wines of Condrieu is Guigal's 2011 Condrieu La Doriane. This remarkably consistent blockbuster is not a single vineyard wine as much of it comes from some of the finest sites in this appellation such as... One of the great wines of Condrieu is Guigal's 2011 Condrieu La Doriane. This remarkably consistent blockbuster is not a single vineyard wine as much of it comes from some of the finest sites in this appellation such as the Cote Chatillon Coteau du Chery Colombier and the aforementioned Lys de Volant. It is capable of lasting 4-5 years although I recently found a 2001 in my cellar that was drinking sensationally. It was shocking to see how well it was holding up at age 11. The 2011 is superb offering white peach honeysuckle quince peach marmalade spring flower and subtle background oak notes. Full-bodied with good minerality and freshness it is exceptionally well delineated for a wine of this size. -Robert Parker
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 2013
Takes a broad approach, with buttered brioche, creamed melon, glazed pear and warm macadamia nut notes all gliding seamlessly through the fennel-tinged finish. A gorgeous, hedonistic version, featuring a flattering... Takes a broad approach, with buttered brioche, creamed melon, glazed pear and warm macadamia nut notes all gliding seamlessly through the fennel-tinged finish. A gorgeous, hedonistic version, featuring a flattering mouthfeel. Drink now through 2015. 1,666 cases made. –JM
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, March 2013
Pale gold. Nectarine, pear and lemon curd on the nose, with complicating vanilla and mineral qualities gaining strength with air. Broad and fleshy but impressively focused, offering juicy orchard fruit flavors and a... Pale gold. Nectarine, pear and lemon curd on the nose, with complicating vanilla and mineral qualities gaining strength with air. Broad and fleshy but impressively focused, offering juicy orchard fruit flavors and a bitter note of citrus pith. Precise, dry and nervy on the strikingly long, penetrating finish, with its sexy honeysuckle and ginger notes. - Josh Raynolds
W&S 93
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, February 2013
La Doriane is a lavish wine, its rich, custardy texture laden with tropical fruit and spice. The abundant oak weaves into the fruit to create an almost chewy texture; when its flavor subsides, the fruit details come up... La Doriane is a lavish wine, its rich, custardy texture laden with tropical fruit and spice. The abundant oak weaves into the fruit to create an almost chewy texture; when its flavor subsides, the fruit details come up, floral notes joining lemon acidity. It should come into a more restrained balance with another five or six years in the cellar, although those who love that in-your-face intensity will enjoy it now, especially if there’s lobster with drawn butter at hand.
Color & Type White
Varietal Viognier
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Condrieu
Vintage 2011

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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.