2019 Guigal Condrieu la Doriane

Viognier - 750ML
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jebdunnuck.com, November 2020

The 2019 Condrieu La Doriane is another tremendous effort from this estate that does everything right. Reminding me slightly of the 2015 with its power and richness, it still has plenty of freshness in its apricot, ripe...
DC 95

Decanter, May 2021

Great freshness and vibrancy of fruit that cuts through the considerable oak on the nose. A rich and concentrated style, ripe and opulent. Oily on the palate, with a gently coating sweetness. Very intense with good...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2022

Fermented and matured in new barrels, the 2019 Condrieu la Doriane nevertheless reveals effusive floral aromas on the nose, backed by notes of toast, lime and apricot. This medium to full-bodied effort shows exquisite...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type White
Varietal Viognier
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Condrieu
Vintage 2019
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

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.

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.