2018 Guigal Crozes Hermitage

Syrah - 750ML
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WE 91

Wine Enthusiast, October 2021

Drops of blackberry candy and violet perfume announce this ebulliently fruity, forward Syrah. Cassis and black-cherry flavors are intensely ripe yet pristine, elevated by subtle streaks of granite, smoke and licorice...
WS 91

Wine Spectator, December 2021

A fresh floral note liberally gilds a core of bitter cherry and plum fruit flavors while a streak of white pepper adds energy throughout. Dusty finish has charm. Drink now through 2027. 32,000 cases made, 3,000 cases...
JD 90

jebdunnuck.com, February 2022

The 2018 Crozes-Hermitage has plenty of peppery, earthy dark fruits as well as medium-bodied richness on the palate. Nicely balanced, with terrific purity and a great finish. It’s perfect for drinking over the coming 5-7...
WA 90

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2022

Loaded with upfront blueberries and cherries, the 2018 Crozes Hermitage is medium to full-bodied, pleasantly plump and generous in the mouth. It's ripe and silky, with a soft wash of dusty tannins on the finish. Your...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Crozes Hermitage
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML

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.