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E. GUIGAL - Press reviews


    • Wine Spectator

      2011 cote rotie GUIGAL "LA LANDONNE"
      Wine Spectator (2015): 98

      Delivers wave after wave of sensational raspberyy pâte de fruit, plum reduction and boysenberry coulis flavors, backed by mouthwatering anise and blackberry cobbler hints. A massive bolt of iron and charcoal is deeply embedded in the fruit and lurks through the long, authoritative finish, keeping all the elements riveted together. Best from 2018 through 2030. 600 cases made. J.M

    • Wine Spectator

      2011 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BLONDE "LA MOULINE"
      Wine Spectator (2015): 96

      Very dense, dark and brooding feel, with a thick coating of Turkish coffee and bittersweet ganache over the copious blackberry, fig and blackberry paste flavors. The long finish is studded with charcoal and smoldering tobacco hints. Patience is required. Best from 2018 through 2030. 400 cases made. J.M

    • Wine Spectator

      2011 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BRUNE "LA TURQUE"
      Wine Spectator (2015): 97

      A brick house, with a thick wall of smoldering charcoal in front of the fruit, though the core of the steeped plum, blackberry and fig flavors has ample energy and depth in reserve. Given time, these elements should meld with the beautiful singed iron and mesquite hints already peeking in on the finish. Best from 2018 through 2030. 400 cases made. J.M.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2013 cotes du rhone (rosÉ) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 87

      More fresh and focused than normal (which is to be expected given the vintage, and Philippe commented that they couldn’t find good Grenache for this cuvee), the 2013 Cotes du Rhone Rose has bright cranberry and strawberry aromatics, medium-bodied richness and bright acidity. Drink it over the coming year. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2013 cotes du rhone (blanc) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 90

      A great vintage for whites, the 2013 Cotes du Rhone Blanc (mostly Viognier) has outstanding notes of white peach and tangerine to go with an elegant, seamless style on the palate. It’s a smoking value to drink over the coming 1-2 years. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. Drink 2014 - 2017

    • The Wine Advocate

      2013 tavel (rosé) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 89

      The 2013 Tavel has classic raspberry, cherries, spring flowers and underbrush notes to go with a medium-bodied, elegant and fresh feel on the palate. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. Drink 2014 - 2015

    • The Wine Advocate

      2013 crozes hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 90

      A blend of 95% Marsanne and 5% Roussanne, the 2013 Crozes Hermitage Blanc is also outstanding. Almond paste, crushed rock, white flower and peachy notes all flow to a medium-bodied, elegant and pure 2013 white that will drink well for 3-5 years. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. Drink 2014 - 2019

    • The Wine Advocate

      2013 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 91

      Offering more richness, texture and flesh, the shockingly good 2013 Saint Joseph Blanc (all from the southern part of the appellation) is medium to full-bodied, ripe and downright sexy, with tons of fruit, integrated acidity and a great finish. Loaded with notes of white currants, citrus blossom and toasted almonds, enjoy it over the coming 3-5 years. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. Drink 2014 - 2019

    • The Wine Advocate

      2012 cotes du rhone (rouge) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 87-89

      Still not in bottle, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone (49% Syrah, 46% Grenache and the balance Mourvedre) has outstanding potential. Showing lots of peppery herbs, cherries, black currants and smoke, it’s medium to full-bodied, has good acidity and solid mid-palate depth. It will drink nicely on release and evolve through 2022. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. Drink 2015 - 2022

    • The Wine Advocate

      2012 condrieu GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 93

      The 2012 Condrieu is still beautiful (reviewed last year), showing classic tangerine, honeyed citrus and flower blossom aromas and flavors. Pure, elegant and classically styled, with great acidity and good minerality, drink it over the coming couple or years. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. Drink 2014 - 2017.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2012 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 93

      Showing even better from bottle than barrel, the 2012 Hermitage Blanc is a deep, concentrated and serious white that offers notes of charcoal, stone fruits, white peach, wet rock and wood smoke. It has largely integrated most of its oak (it spent 24 months in once used barrels), but will be even better in another year and have over a decade of longevity. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. Drink 2015 - 2024

    • Wine & Spirits

      2011 condrieu GUIGAL
      Wine & Spirits (2014): 94

      Sure, La Doriane, Guigal’s luxury cuvée of Condrieu, is more opulent. But if what you’re after is a taste of Condrieu, this is the bottle you want. It has all of viognier’s stone fruit and florals, here presented as only Condrieu can, with an umami savor that tethers them firmly to earth. It’s at once caressing and firm, luxurious without being showy. And it lasts, holding its freshness for a week after opening.

    • Wine Spectator

      2011 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2014): 95

      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. J.M

    • The Wine Advocate

      2011 crozes hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 88

      The 2011 Crozes Hermitage is solid, with lots of olive, pepper and game to go with a core of smoked dark fruits. It has bright acidity, medium-bodied richness and a classic, focused feel. Drink it over the coming 6-7 year. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. Drink 2014 - 2021

    • The Wine Advocate

      2011 chateauneuf du pape (rouge) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 89-92

      Not yet bottled, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape (80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre and other permitted varieties) is a great example of the vintage and has an upfront, perfumed, sexy style. Garrigue, incense, kirsch, lavender and black raspberry qualities flow nicely to a medium to full-bodied, rounded supple Chateauneuf du Pape that will drink nicely on release and evolve relatively quickly. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. Drink 2015 - 2021

    • The Wine Advocate

      2011 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 90

      The 2011 Saint Joseph (aged 24 months in 2-year-old barrels) is solid and has lots of character and Northern Rhone style. Medium-bodied, with a tight, elegant feel on the palate, it has a fabulously complex bouquet of spice, cured meats, licorice, hung game and sweet cassis. Drink it over the coming decade. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. Drink 2014 - 2024

    • The Wine Advocate

      2011 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 90-92

      Brilliantly perfumed and exuberant, the 2011 Hermitage benefits from the inclusion of the grapes that would normally go into the Ex Voto. Aging in equal parts new and once-used barrels, it has lots of vanilla bean, black currants, cured meats and tobacco leaf aromas and flavors. A classic 2011, with medium to full-bodied richness, loads of texture and a forward, sexy feel, it should be reasonably approachable on release, yet evolve gracefully for 15-20 years. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. Drink 2016 - 2031

    • The Wine Advocate

      2011 gigondas GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 90

      The 2011 Gigondas has lots of kirsch, sweet cherries, spice and cedar wood to go with a medium-bodied, perfumed, Provencal style. It should drink well for a decade or more. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. Drink 2014 - 2026

    • International Wine Cellar

      2010 gigondas GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2014): 91

      Fresh red fruits and floral oils on the fragrant nose. Juicy and seamless in texture, with very good lift and clarity to its raspberry and cherry compote flavors. Supple tannins build on the finish, which lingers with persistent notes of flowers and spices. This elegant wine is delicious right now.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2010 gigondas GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 91-94 points

      The 2010 Gigondas looks equally strong. It possesses slightly more acidity and perhaps marginally fresher fruit flavors in its broodingly backward style. A dense purple color is followed by sweet aromas of garrigue, crushed rocks, black raspberries and black cherries. Like the 2009, it should age nicely for 10-12 years. In truth, these wines can keep for twenty or more years without falling apart as older vintages have consistently proven.

    • Wine & Spirits

      2010 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL
      Wine & Spirits (2014): 91

      This is dark and meaty, with licorice root and chestnut scents adding extra savor to its red cherry core. From the vineyards Guigal bought from Grippat and Valloiut along with some purchased fruit, it’s austere and meaty, with a fine tannic grip. An aristocratic St-Joseph.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2010 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 90-92 points

      Exhibiting more black fruit, cassis, crushed rock and asphalt characteristics intertwined with a hint of earth, the 2010 St.-Joseph possesses more acidity and angularity, but is still generously endowed.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2007 chateauneuf du pape (rouge) GUIGAL
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2014): 92

      Bright ruby-red. Vibrant red and dark berry scents are complemented by notes of garrigue, woodsmoke and dark chocolate. Rich and expansive but energetic as well, offering sweet blackberry and cherry compote flavors and a touch of licorice. Shows the heft of the vintage but comes off as lively on the long, spicy, smoky finish.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2007 chateauneuf du pape (rouge) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 93-95 points

      Perhaps the greatest Chateauneuf du Pape Guigal has ever made (he agreed, by the way) is the voluptuously textured, opulent, nearly over the top 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape. Dense ruby/purple, with an exquisite nose of kirsch, blackberry, black raspberry, charcoal, licorice, and garrigue, this blend of 85% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre has remarkable density, admirable purity, a multi-dimensional mouthfeel, and a finish of just over 45 seconds. This is a knock-out wine, but you probably won't see it in the marketplace for at least another year.

    • Wine Spectator

      2010 cote rotie GUIGAL "BRUNE & BLONDE DE GUIGAL"
      Wine Spectator (2014): 94

      Shows energy and range, with mouthwatering, briary tannins carrying the core of blackberry and plum paste notes. Fruitcake, pastis and alder details fill in the background. The sneakily long finish presents heft and cut. Best from 2015 through 2025. J.M

    • The Wine Advocate

      2010 cote rotie GUIGAL "BRUNE & BLONDE DE GUIGAL"
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 93

      A wine I reviewed earlier this year, the 2010 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde is a stunning Cote Rotie. Made from 96% Syrah and 4% Viognier and aged in equal parts new and once used barrels, it’s medium to full-bodied, elegant and seamless, with rocking notes of raspberries, peppered bacon, coffee bean and violets. Drink it anytime over the coming decade or more. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2010 cote rotie GUIGAL "BRUNE & BLONDE DE GUIGAL"
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 87-89 points

      Some green peppercorn scents in the 2010 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde were slightly off-putting, but in the mouth, this dark ruby/purple-colored offering reveals notes of roast beef, tapenade, licorice, black currants and cherries. Dense, with good acidity, assuming the vegetal component in the aromatics dissipates with bottling, this 2010 should provide pleasure for 10-15 years.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2012 condrieu GUIGAL "LA DORIANE"
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 97

      Like with the classic Condrieu, I was able to retaste the 2012 Condrieu la Doriane. It’s absorbed any trace of the 100% new oak it was raised in and displays blockbuster notes of golden fruits, ripe peach, honeysuckle, toasted bread and caramelized citrus. Full-bodied, decadent and mouth filling, it stays remarkably well balanced, graceful and pure. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. Drink 2015 - 2018

    • Wine & Spirits

      2011 condrieu GUIGAL "LA DORIANE"
      Wine & Spirits (2014): 93

      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.

    • Wine Spectator

      2010 cote rotie GUIGAL "LA LANDONNE"
      Wine Spectator (2014): 99

      Terrifically dense, with tightly coiled flavors of warm ganache, fig paste and blackberry confiture. Shows plenty of range as well, with well-embedded notes of bay, chestnut, juniper, black tea and charcoal. This is intensely grippy through the fine-grained and lengthy finish. Should age marvelously and slowly. Best from 2017 through 2040. From France. J.M

    • The Wine Advocate

      2010 cote rotie GUIGAL "LA LANDONNE"
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 100

      As with the other two single-parcel Cote Roties, the 2010 Cote Rotie La Landonne is pure perfection in a glass. An incredibly massive, muscular, full-bodied effort, it has an insane amount of structure to go with an equal amount of concentrated fruit. Cassis, smoked bacon, coffee bean, cracked pepper and liquid rock-like qualities are all present here, and it hits the palate with a chiseled, focused textured, building tannin and terrific length. It’s the most backward of the 2010s and will require a decade of cellaring, but will keep for about as long as you’d like to hold onto bottles. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Château d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. Drink 2020 - 2050

    • The Wine Advocate

      2010 cote rotie GUIGAL "LA LANDONNE"
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 96-100 points

      We will not see the 2010 Cote Rotie La Landonne in the marketplace for four years, but it exhibits a black/purple color in addition to abundant floral notes intermixed with licorice, forest floor, white chocolate, tar and grilled meats. The stunning nose is followed by a full-bodied wine with good acidity, sweet tannin and an enormous texture as well as mouthfeel. It will need to be forgotten for 10+ years after its release, and should drink well over the following half century.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2011 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL "VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE"
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 93

      Bottled in February of this year, the 2011 Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices is one sexy, seamless and silky Syrah that readers shouldn’t miss. Perfumed and complex, with a sweet bouquet of cassis, licorice, spice-box and pepper, it has a medium to full-bodied, forward style that’s perfect for drinking over the coming decade or more. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. Drink 2014 - 2026

    • Wine Spectator

      2010 cote rotie GUIGAL CHATEAU D'AMPUIS
      Wine Spectator (2014): 97

      Rock-solid, offering dark currant and blackberry paste flavors that race along, thanks to well-embedded graphite and charcoal notes. The finish lets warm fruitcake, plum skin and singed juniper details fill in, with plenty of grip. Mouthwatering acidity and a long echo of sweet tapenade keep this racy and defined. Best from 2015 through 2035. From France J.M

    • The Wine Advocate

      2010 cote rotie GUIGAL CHATEAU D'AMPUIS
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 99

      More closed than when I tasted it earlier this year, the 2010 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis is an incredible effort that’s made from 93% Syrah and 7% Viognier. Coming from the estate’s top sites and aged 38 months in new oak, it has no problem standing beside the top three single-vineyard releases. Crème de cassis, vanilla bean, smoked meats and licorice all flow to a full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, structured Cote Rotie that needs another 5-6 years of bottle age, but will keep for 2-3 decades. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. Drink 2019 - 2035

    • The Wine Advocate

      2010 cote rotie GUIGAL CHATEAU D'AMPUIS
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 93-96 points

      The opaque ruby/purple-tinged 2010 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis exhibits impressive density along with a youthful bouquet of black fruits, licorice, smoke, incense, Asian spice and a hint of balsamic. Full-bodied with good acidity, definition and richness, this stunning wine will require 4-5 years of cellaring and should drink well for 25+ years.

    • Wine & Spirits

      2009 cote rotie GUIGAL CHATEAU D'AMPUIS
      Wine & Spirits (2014): 94

      Guigal’s Château d’Ampuis is a blend pulled from seven lieux-dits in Côte Rôtie, including La Virea, the steepest vineyard in the area, each vinified and aged separately, spending 36 months in oak. The 2009 handles that much oak with aplomb, wrapping it into a density of gamey, savory fruit. The acidity and ferrous tannins keep ti energized, the tonal spread of the wine spanning several octaves. Refined and sophisticated, it’s a wine for the ages.

    • Wine Spectator

      2010 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BLONDE "LA MOULINE"
      Wine Spectator (2014): 99

      This smolders from the start, with Turkish coffee and warm ganache notes out front, backedby steeped currant, warmed fig and Black Forest cake flavors. The well-structured finish is layered with charcoal and mesquite notes, revealing bay and chetnut details in the background. Offers terrific density, cut and range. Drapes like velvet despite the heft and structure. Best from 2017 through 2040. From France. J.M

    • The Wine Advocate

      2010 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BLONDE "LA MOULINE"
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 100

      As to three single parcel releases, I reviewed the 2010 Cote Rotie La Mouline earlier this year, but was more than happy to taste it again (lucky me) for this report. Incorporating a full 11% of Viognier and coming from the steep, terraced vines in the Cote Blonde lieu-dit, it sports a heavenly bouquet of spring flowers, incense, violets, cured meats and sweet cassis. Full-bodied, voluptuous and as seamless as they come, Syrah just doesn’t get any more alluring, sexy or impressive. Give it 5-6 years and drink bottles over the following 2 decades or more. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. Drink 2020 - 2040

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      2010 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BRUNE "LA TURQUE"
      Wine Spectator (2014): 99

      A stunner, with ganache, warm tobacco leaf, espresso and singed juniper notes leading the way for an immense core of macerated plum, fig and blackberry fruit flavors. The superlong finish cuts a broad swath, presenting smoldering charcoal and iron details. Best from 2017 through 2040. From France. J.M

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      2010 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BRUNE "LA TURQUE"
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 100

      On this showing, the 2010 La Turque was incredible, in a lineup of incredible wines. Offering off-the-chart notes of cassis, blackberry, aged beef, chocolate, crushed rock and exotic flowers, it flows onto the palate with a massive, full-bodied feel that carries ultra-fine tannin, awesome depth and a blockbuster finish. Syrah, or wine for that matter, doesn’t get any better. Give this monumental Cote Rotie 5-6 years and enjoy it over the following 2-3 decades. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. Drink 2020 - 2040

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      2010 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BRUNE "LA TURQUE"
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 98-100 points

      Reminiscent of the 1988, the sublime, virtually perfect 2010 Cote Rotie La Turque boasts off-the-charts intensity as well as lots of graphite, blackberry, black raspberry and truffle notes. Full-bodied, powerful and tannic, it requires a decade of cellaring and should age effortlessly for 25-30 years.

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      2012 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 94-96+

      While still not completely sure if they’ll release it or not, the 2012 Hermitage Ex Voto Blanc (90% Marsanne and 10% Roussanne aged 30 months in new barrels) has brilliant notes of crème brûlée, caramelized fruits, honeysuckle and brioche. Silky, pure and elegant, with classy richness in its full-bodied, textured, balanced personality, it should easily be a mid to upper-90s scoring effort and have two decades of longevity. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. Drink 2016 - 2032

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      2010 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      Wine Spectator (2014): 98

      Macadamia nut and green almond aromas lead the way, quickly followed by warm brioche, salted butter, hazelnut, creamed Jonagold apple and Cavaillon melon flavors. Showy but never opulent, as bitter citrus and quinine threads harness the long finish with a deft touch. Stunning. Best from 2015 through 2035. From France. J.M

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      2010 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 95-97 points

      The 2010 Hermitage Ex-Voto blanc had just finished malolactic fermentation when I tasted it. The wine revealed a wonderful smoky, earthy nose with buttery intensity, a full-bodied texture, good purity and length, lots of fruit and glycerin, and plenty of zesty acidity. It should be another 30-50-year wine.

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      2010 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 100

      At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the 2010 Hermitage Ex Voto is as good as it gets. Following some of the most concentrated, rich Cote Roties ever made, it still ratcheted up the concentration level with its massive, palate saturating levels of gamey dark fruits, cassis, licorice, chocolate, graphite and powdered rock. It this beauty doesn’t make fireworks go off in your head, I don’t know what will. Full-bodied, deeply concentrated and structured, yet also fine, elegant and delineated, it is nothing short of incredible. Give this awesome Hermitage 5-6 years in the cellar and feel free to drink it anytime over the following 4-5 decades. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. Drink 2020 - 2060

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      2010 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 96-98 points

      The 2010 Hermitage Ex-Voto offers classic notes of licorice, barbecue smoke, camphor, black truffles and cassis. Full-bodied and more delineated than the 2009, with fresher, more vibrant acids, it is an impressive, full throttle Hermitage to drink over the next 30-50 years.

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      2013 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 94

      One of the top whites in the appellation, Guigal’s 2013 Saint Joseph Lieu Dit Saint Joseph Blanc comes from the pure granite soils of the namesake vineyard of the appellation and is a blend of 93% Marsanne and 7% Roussanne. It was aged in slightly less new oak in 2013 (prior vintages saw 100% new) with the goal to make it more approachable on release. Now aged 12 months in two-thirds new and one-third 2-year-old barrels, it sports a medium-gold color to go with sensational notes of crème brulee, caramelized peach, toast and almond paste, with additional minerality emerging on the palate. Full-bodied, rich and textured, it's a serious Saint Joseph Blanc that will stand toe-to-toe with some top white Hermitage. Drink it over the coming decade or more. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. Drink 2015 - 2025

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      2012 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      Wine Spectator (2014): 93

      Bold peach, apricot and bitter almond notes course along, featuring singed hazelnut and warm brioche accents that fill in on the finish. Plenty rich, with the cut to match. Drink now through 2017. J.M

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      2011 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      Wine Spectator (2014): 93

      This is packed with ganache, roasted alder, steeped plum and blackberry flavors, all coursing through a structured finish, revealing an undercurrent of graphite. Solid. Best from 2016 through 2026. J.M

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      2011 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 92

      The 2011 Saint Joseph Lieu Dit Saint Joseph is a forward, sexy and textured beauty that gives up lots of liquid rock, smoked herbs and sweet black raspberry and currant fruit. Possessing lots of granite-induced minerality, with building tannin, it still has the fruit and texture to dish out plenty of pleasure today. Drink it over the coming decade or more. The father/son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal continue to keep their estate at the top of the hierarchy in the Rhône Valley. All the way from their inexpensive Côtes du Rhône to their top-end Côte Rôties and Hermtiage, the attention to detail and focus on quality is unmatched. Readers should also check out the recent Rhone Retrospective article I wrote that covered the Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices, Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Côte Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis and Côte Rôtie La Mouline cuvees going back for over a decade. I said it there, and I'll say it again here, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. Drink 2014 - 2024

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      2010 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 90 points

      Light gold. A fragrant bouquet displays crisp mineral, floral and pear scents. Fresh pear and apple flavors are nicely focused and refreshingly dry. An understated, focused and mineral-dominated midweight that finishes long and bright.

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      2010 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 89-91 points

      Outrageously good, the 2010 St.-Joseph blanc is composed of 93% Marsanne and 7% Roussanne also aged in tank (50%), new oak (25%) and used barrels (25%). It possesses abundant notes of honeysuckle, white currants, flowers, anise and a hint of apricot as well as more acidity and freshness than its 2009 counterpart. Consume it over the next 5-6 years.

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      2010 condrieu GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 91 points

      Vivid yellow. Textbook viognier aromas of nectarine, candied lemon, violet and spices. Lush but energetic, offering sappy pit fruit flavors that are energized by zesty citrus pith and white pepper notes. Finishes silky and quite long, with the nectarine and spice notes repeating.

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      2010 condrieu GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 93 points

      The 2010 Condrieu is even more perfumed and intense, boasting stunning minerality in addition to copious notes of honeysuckle, lychee nut and mango. Drink this luscious, medium to full-bodied white over the next 3-5 years. One of the truly profound wines of the appellation is Guigal’s Condrieu La Doriane, which comes from estate vineyards located in some of Condrieu’s finest terroirs, such as Cote Chatillon, Volnats, Colombier and the Coteaux du Chery. Aged in 100% new oak (although it never shows) and put through malolactic fermentation, these are great Condrieus that age well (I mistakenly pulled a 2001 Condrieu La Doriane out of my cellar thinking it was the 2009, and I was shocked to discover how fresh and lively it was at age ten.). Nevertheless, I still have a strong predilection for drinking them in their exuberant youth, during their first 3-4 years of life.

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      2009 gigondas GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 91 points

      Bright ruby. Intensely floral, spice-accented bouquet of red berries, rose, lavender and minerals. Powerful strawberry and raspberry fruit flavors are sappy and focused, putting on weight with aeration. Picks up musky herb and licorice qualities on the lively, expanding finish. This suave wine is drinking very well right now but has the stuffing to age.

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      2009 crozes hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 91 points

      Light yellow. Powerful, pungent aromas of pear skin, orange, bee pollen and dried flowers, with a gingery overtone. Deeply pitched but lively, offering broad citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a chalky mineral quality. Closes with very good clarity and nervy, mineral-laced persistence. I suspect that this wine will age gracefully.

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      2009 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 91 points

      Inky purple. Sexy aromas of candied dark berries, violet and Moroccan spices, with a bright mineral overtone. Lively and precise on the palate, which offers sweet dark berry flavors and gently chewy texture. Shows very good intensity on the finish, which clings with lingering minerality and spiciness. These vines are mostly in Mauves, according to Philippe Guigal.

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      2007 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 92 points

      Light, bright gold. Dried pear, citrus fruits and white flowers on the spicy, intensely perfumed nose. Ripe, penetrating orange and pear flavors show impressive energy and pick up smoke and anise nuances with aeration. A zesty mineral quality adds bite and focus to a long, spicy and alluringly floral finish. I'd have guessed that this wine was younger.

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      2007 crozes hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 91 points

      Dark ruby. A highly fragrant bouquet displays cherry, dark berries and an exotic pit fruit quality. Juicy, focused and mineral-driven, offering intense bitter cherry and fruitcake flavors and firm acidity on the back end. Becomes spicier with air and finishes on a sappy dark berry note, with very good, peppery persistence.

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      2007 crozes hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2011): 88 points

      Nicely focused, with blackberry, olive and tobacco notes framed by a Campari edge that adds subtle length on the finish.

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      2006 chateauneuf du pape (rouge) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 92 points

      Bright ruby. Sexy, perfumed aromas of raspberry preserves, potpourri and Asian spices, with a touch of anise in the background. Juicy and appealingly sweet, showing very good depth and vivacity to its red fruit and floral pastille flavors. Picks up a smoky quality with air and finishes with excellent clarity, silkiness and length. This is already drinking very well.

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      2006 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 92 points

      Inky violet color. Ripe cherry and cassis aromas are complemented by cocoa, violet and licorice nuances. Juicy, spicy and well-delineated, with an alluring sweetness to its dark fruit preserve flavors. Silky tannins build with air and add grip to a firm, impressively persistent finish.

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      2007 cote rotie GUIGAL "BRUNE & BLONDE DE GUIGAL"
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 93 points

      Vivid ruby. Textbook syrah aromas of cherry, dark berries, smoked meat and violet, with a mineral note adding vibrancy. Juicy and well-defined on the palate, offering fresh blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that expand on the back end. Finishes sweet and very long, with resonating floral and spice notes and impressive energy.

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      2007 cote rotie GUIGAL "BRUNE & BLONDE DE GUIGAL"
      Wine Spectator (2011): 91 points

      Lively, with a tangy sanguine edge up front, followed by juicy red currant, pomegranate and red licorice notes that run through the cedar-tinged finish. Rock-solid, with honest grip.

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      2010 condrieu GUIGAL "LA DORIANE"
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 94 points

      Pale gold. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes tangerine, pear skin, honeysuckle and iodine, with a smoky overtone. Stains the palate with intense orchard fruit and floral flavors given spine and lift by juicy acidity. Closes with serious grip and excellent length, leaving mineral and citrus fruit notes behind.

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      2010 condrieu GUIGAL "LA DORIANE"
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 98 points

      Perhaps the finest example of this cuvee Guigal has yet made, the 2010 Condrieu La Doriane flirts with perfection. Profoundly intense with abundant notes reminiscent of caramelized oranges, lychee nuts, apricots, spring flowers and a liqueur of wet rocks, this superb, full-bodied, rich Condrieu possesses slightly higher acids than the 2009. It should keep for 5-10 years.

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      2007 cote rotie GUIGAL "LA LANDONNE"
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 95 points

      Vivid purple. Heady aromas of candied red and dark fruits, incense, violet and smoky minerals. Cherry-cola and blackberry compote flavors show an intriguing blend of richness and vivacity, with bright mineral snap on the back half. Finishes sappy, sweet and extremely long, with resonating floral and spice notes. This wine blends the richness and power of the Turque with the vivacity of the Mouline and should age effortlessly.

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      2007 cote rotie GUIGAL "LA LANDONNE"
      Wine Spectator (2011): 97 points

      This is very backward, with smoldering tobacco and charcoal up front, holding the dense core of black currant, anise and hoisin sauce at bay for now. Sage, sweet tapenade and bittersweet cocoa all roll as the grip takes over on the back end. A gutsy wine, with a charcoal- and singed iron-filled finish.

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      2008 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL "VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE"
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 90 points

      Vivid ruby. A high-pitched bouquet evokes red and dark berries, cracked pepper and fresh flowers. Juicy and precise, with good cut to its black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. Shows good energy on the finish, which features suave violet and spicecake notes. This wine is drinking very well right now.

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      2008 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL "VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE"
      Wine Spectator (2011): 92 points

      Lovely violet, white pepper, black cherry and roasted tobacco aromas and flavors are supported by a mouthwatering chalky edge that cuts through the perfumy finish. Very nicely done for the vintage.

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      2008 cote rotie GUIGAL CHATEAU D'AMPUIS
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 92 points

      Bright purple. Lively and fragrant, displaying aromas of redcurrant, cherry, pipe tobacco and dried violet. Juicy and focused, with good depth and sweetness to its red fruit preserve flavors. Shows a refreshingly bitter quality on the penetrating finish, which lingers with impressive vibrancy and length. This wine shows the graceful side of Cote-Rotie and drinks very well right now. Incidentally, the 2007 version of this wine is still quite primary and in need of at least another five years of patience based on a bottle that Guigal showed me.

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      2007 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BLONDE "LA MOULINE"
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 94 points

      Deep ruby. A highly complex bouquet evokes dark berry preserves, potpourri and cola, with a smoky overtone. Juicy and precise, with penetrating black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors firmed by zesty minerality. Rich but light on its feet, with a bright, focused finish that features suave floral pastille and spice nuances.

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      2007 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BLONDE "LA MOULINE"
      Wine Spectator (2011): 96 points

      Exhibits gorgeous aromas of warm tea cake, black tea and singed mesquite, followed by dense but silky structure that carries alluring plum, blackberry and licorice flavors through the very lengthy finish, where a sanguine edge echoes for added length. This has power, but it's more about guile and perfume. Best from 2012 through 2025.

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      2007 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BRUNE "LA TURQUE"
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 93+ points

      Opaque ruby. Dark berries, cherry-cola, licorice and Indian spices on the pungent nose. Deeply pitched blackberry and floral and licorice pastille flavors brighten with air and show an intense spicy quality, along with a touch of mocha. Clings tenaciously on the finish, which strongly repeats the cherry and licorice notes. In a more brooding style than the Mouline and years away from maturity.

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      2007 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BRUNE "LA TURQUE"
      Wine Spectator (2011): 96 points

      Very distinctive, with ganache and espresso aromas and well-structured layers of blackberry, mulled plum, roasted spice, anise and charred apple wood. This has ample grip, but stays polished and integrated, allowing for an almost caressing mouthfeel despite its obvious density. One of the most concentrated wines in the vintage. Best from 2012 through 2025.

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      2009 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 93+ points

      Bright gold. Displays deep, pungent pit fruit and poached pear on the nose, along with suggestions of nutmeg, sweet butter, iodine and smoky minerals. Stains the palate with intense peach and bitter pear skin flavors and a zesty mineral jolt on the back end. Strikingly intense and focused, with excellent finishing clarity and stony persistence. If you have to open this youthful wine any time soon, by all means decant it for an hour or so.

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      2007 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 95 points

      Inky ruby. A highly fragrant bouquet displays black and blue fruits, violet and olive, with powerful spice notes adding energy. Rich, perfumed and expansive blackberry and boysenberry flavors stain the palate and are complemented by cola and floral pastille nuances. The bright, incisive finish features intense spiciness and a lingering violet quality. This wine's vineyard components are 40% each of Greffieux and Bessards and 10% each of Ermite and Murands.

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      2007 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      Wine Spectator (2011): 95 points

      This has gorgeous espresso and roasted mesquite aromatics, followed by dense but velvety-textured plum sauce, blackberry paste and cassis flavors. The long, suave finish smolders with Lapsang souchong tea and singed iron, showing ample grip for the cellar. Best from 2012 through 2025.

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      2010 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 92 points

      Pale yellow. Explosively perfumed aromas of pit fruits, orange marmalade, violet and honey, with a touch of vanillin oak. Lush and creamy in texture, with excellent focus to its nectarine and candied citrus fruit flavors. Finishes with lingering floral and spice notes and excellent persistence. This exotic wine is delicious right now.

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      2010 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 91-94 points

      A spectacular effort, the 2010 St.-Joseph Lieu Dit St.-Joseph blanc offers honeyed tangerine, orange skin, white peach, brioche and subtle creme brulee characteristics in its deep, full-bodied, textured, pure, deep personality. This loaded offering is usually very fairly priced.

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      2009 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 92 points

      Glass-staining purple. Spicy, incisive aromas of blackberry, cherry-cola, licorice and black pepper. Intensely flavored and lively, with black and blue fruit flavors brightened by zesty minerals and spices. Firm and focused on the long, intensely fruity finish, with fine-grained tannins adding grip and shape.

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      2010 chateauneuf du pape (rouge) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 92-95 points

      Made from a similar blend, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape possesses wonderfully sweet fruit, a slightly more opaque ruby/purple color, copious notes of blackberries, kirsch, truffles and charcoal, good acidity, sweet but noticeable tannins, and a full-bodied, powerful finish. I suspect the 2010 has slightly lower alcohol than the 2009. It, too, has the potential for 20 years of cellaring.

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      2010 cotes du rhone (rouge) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 89-92 points

      The 2010 Cotes du Rhone red (which includes more fruit from just outside the village of Seguret) has amazing intensity as well as more blueberry and black raspberry fruit intermixed with kirsch, pepper and earth. This dense, full-bodied 2010 should turn out to be as good as the 2009. These two outstanding values demonstrate the extraordinary talent and commitment to quality that is part of the Guigal family’s DNA.

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      2010 cotes du rhone (blanc) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 88 points

      The 2009 and 2010 Cotes du Rhone Blancs are blends of 55% Viognier and the rest Roussanne, Marsanne, Clairette and Bourboulenc, all aged in tank. While there are multiple bottlings given the massive production, they are consistent from bottling to bottling. The freshness, exotic tropical fruits, fragrant bouquets, dry, fleshy mid-palates and crisp finishes of these wines will be admired by consumers. These wines over-deliver in every sense, and they should drink well for several years.

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      2010 cotes du rhone (blanc) GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2011): 88 points

      A very fresh, floral style, with breezy white peach and pear notes and a juicy, green almond-tinged finish.

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      2010 cotes du rhone (rosÉ) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 89 points

      Guigal’s roses are also very strong efforts, but they tend to disappear from retailers’ shelves as quickly as they are released. The 2010 Cotes du Rhone Rose exhibits copious aromas of strawberries and cherries, a medium pink color, crisp acids and an elegant, mineral-like character.

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      2010 cotes du rhone (rosÉ) GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2011): 87 points

      Firm and focused, with pomegranate and cherry notes backed by a hint of tobacco on the juicy finish.

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      2010 crozes hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 89-91 points

      Much tighter, the 2010 Crozes-Hermitage exhibits a deep ruby/purple color along with notes of camphor, barbecue smoke, roasted herbs and good minerality as well as acidity. More backward and austere than the open-knit, flamboyant 2009, the 2010 should drink well for 8-10 years.

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      2010 crozes hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 87-89+ points

      Made from an identical blend, the 2010 Crozes-Hermitage blanc reveals more minerality and higher acids as well as less flesh, depth and fat. It is a stylish, Chablis-like Crozes to drink in its first 4-5 years of life.

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      2010 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 90-93+ points

      The 2010 Hermitage is slightly leaner and more reserved, but still powerful, full-bodied and rich. Its dense purple color is followed by abundant notes of creme de cassis, incense and crushed rocks as well as a hint of spring flowers. It’s a big wine, but it is not as unctuously textured as the 2009. Give it 5-8 years of cellaring after its release and drink it over the following three decades.

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      2010 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 91-93 points

      Still on its lees, the 2010 Hermitage blanc reveals a slight greenish hue to its color in addition to copious brioche, orange rind, citrus oil, candle wax, white currant, quince and licorice notes. Big and rich with slightly more acidity and penetrating minerality than the 2009, it should keep for 10-15+ years.

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      2010 tavel (rosé) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 90 points

      Guigal also does a terrific job in Tavel. While the 2009 is sold out, the 2010 Tavel is a full-flavored, medium-bodied rose exhibiting a moderate salmon color, lots of kirsch and strawberries, surprising texture and power, and a heady finish. This serious Tavel is a wonderful example of what a rose should taste like.

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      2010 tavel (rosé) GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2011): 88 points

      Quite ripe, with juicy strawberry and cherry flavors melding with tobacco and mulled spice notes. The creamy finish has good length.

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      2009 cotes du rhone (blanc) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 88 points

      Pale yellow. Melon, nectarine and honeysuckle on the nose, with notes of anise and white pepper adding complexity. Gains sweetness with air and offers pliant honeydew and orchard fruit flavors, with a touch of spice on the back half. I like this wine's complexity and finishing sappiness.

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      2009 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 90 points

      Light yellow. Ripe pit fruit and melon aromas are complemented by a floral nuance. Fleshy and smooth in the mouth, offering rich peach and nectarine flavors and a lively citrus quality. Finishes spicy and long, leaving sappy pit fruit and honey notes behind.

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      2009 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2011): 91 points

      Ripe, but with precise melon rind and white peach flavors laced with blanched almond, green plum and chamomile notes. A salted butter edge lends length to the finish.

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      2009 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 93-95 points

      Bright gold. Heady, decadent and floral-accented aromas of nectarine, singed orange, poached pear, licorice and iodine, with exotic spice notes adding complexity. Vibrant and expansive, offering lush citrus marmalade and orchard fruit flavors and a bright mineral undertone. For a rich wine this is very precise, with outstanding finishing clarity and lingering spiciness.

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      2009 condrieu GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 91 points

      Pale gold. A highly expressive and perfumed bouquet of nectarine, peach nectar, orange marmalade and white flowers. Broad, palate-staining pit fruit flavors are braced by tangy minerality and become more floral with air. Offers a suave blend of depth and vivacity, with very good finishing clarity and stony persistence.

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      2009 condrieu GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2011): 91 points

      Bright, engaging persimmon, tangerine and white peach notes characterize this juicy, nicely defined white, which shows bolder anise and green melon flavors on the finish.

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      2009 tavel (rosé) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 90 points

      Orange-tinged pink. Aromas of strawberry, orange pith and rose. Round, seductive flavors of orange, red fruits and spices, with a touch of sweetness giving it immediate appeal and a more inviting quality than most renditions of Tavel. A brisk note of white pepper lingers on the long, dusty finish. This rosé will be a very versatile wine at the table.

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      2009 tavel (rosé) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 90 points

      It is hard to say anything produced by Marcel and Philippe Guigal is under the consumer radar, but I do believe their roses are exceptional and compete with the best estate-bottled roses in southern France. If you want some tannin, more body, and even deeper flavors, check out the 2009 Tavel. It has a medium salmon color, a remarkable flavor profile, and plenty of heady raspberry and strawberry fruit. It is dry, rich, and probably capable of lasting a couple of years, although I would opt for drinking it in its first 12 months of life.

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      2007 cotes du rhone (rouge) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 90 points

      Inky ruby. Intriguing, highly perfumed aromas of red- and blackcurrant, cherry, dried flowers and tobacco, with powerful spice and black olive accents; the syrah is center stage today. Graceful and focused, with sweet dark fruit and floral pastille flavors that coat the palate. Suave and gently sweet wine, with excellent clarity, length and a lingering floral quality. There will not be a 2008 bottling of this wine because Guigal wasn't happy with the quality of fruit in the southern Rhone. There are 3.7 million bottles of this wine to go around.

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      2007 cotes du rhone (rouge) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 90 points

      The 2007 Cotes du Rhone has finally been released, and Guigal has made his finest Cotes du Rhone to date, all from purchased juice. He and his son told me they go through thousands of samples in order to come up with this cuvee, which is based on 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Mourvedre, all aged in tank. A deep ruby/purple wine with lots of cassis, kirsch, pepper, and even an intriguing floral note, the wine is medium to full-bodied , silky smooth, and a truly delicious, hedonistic and intellectually satisfying wine that is a remarkable bargain.

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      2007 cotes du rhone (rouge) GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2010): 87 points

      Mature, with a rustic edge, this shows a lightly mulled character to its the plum and currant fruit, with coffee and roasted mesquite notes on the finish.

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      2007 gigondas GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2011): 91 points

      Perfumed, with nicely integrated grip that focuses the lovely mulled plum, black currant, licorice snap and black tea notes. The long, silky finish features a lingering hint of iron.

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      2007 gigondas GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 92-94 points

      The best Gigondas from Guigal that I have ever tasted will certainly be the 2007, which is still aging in tank and large wood vats. His general blend here is about 55-60% Grenache, around one-third Mourvedre and the rest Syrah. This remarkable Gigondas is scheduled to be bottled within the next several months. Dense plum/purple, with notes of garrigue, crushed rock, blueberry, and black raspberries, the wine is full-bodied, with stunning purity, a multi-layered texture, and a long finish. It should drink nicely for 10-15+ years.

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      2007 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2011): 91 points

      Shows some mature sandalwood and mesquite aromas, with a light coating of cocoa powder over the core of crushed red cherry and red currant fruit. A nice sanguine edge holds the finish together.

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      2005 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 92 points

      Deep ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of cherry compote, potpourri and Asian spices, with an exotic note of singed orange. Concentrated but surprisingly lively, with densely packed dark berry flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate. The floral note comes back strongly on the impressively long, smoky finish. Guigal says that this will age slowly.

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      2005 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2010): 91 points

      Not as grippy as most 2005s, but wonderfully ripe and balanced, with dark plum, fig and blackberry fruit laid over suave black tea and melted licorice hints. The lingering, toasty finish is well-integrated.

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      2005 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 91-93 points

      Still in barrel, the 2005 Hermitage is superb. It will be interesting to see in a decade or so which wine turns out better, 2005 or 2006. The 2005 has less charm, complexity, and nuance than 2006, but more tannin, body, and pure power. Still somewhat monolithic, it does not exhibit the finesse of the 2006, but it is a big, blockbuster, backstrapping wine that will require a lot of time in the bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2035.

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      2006 cote rotie GUIGAL "BRUNE & BLONDE DE GUIGAL"
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 92 points

      Vivid ruby. High-pitched, expressive aromas of raspberry, red licorice, spice cake and violet. Silky and perfumed in the mouth, with a suave texture and appealing sweetness to flavors of raspberry, strawberry liqueur and blood orange. Very pure and precise, finishing with silky tannins and noteworthy verve.

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      2006 cote rotie GUIGAL "BRUNE & BLONDE DE GUIGAL"
      Wine Spectator (2010): 90 points

      This is rock-solid, with a tangy core of red currant and red licorice fruit framed by sandalwood, black tea and iron notes. There's nice grip on the olive-tinged finish.

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      2009 condrieu GUIGAL "LA DORIANE"
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 93 points

      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.

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      2009 condrieu GUIGAL "LA DORIANE"
      Wine Spectator (2011): 93 points

      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.

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      2006 cote rotie GUIGAL "LA LANDONNE"
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 96 points

      Deep ruby. B oysenberry, smoky Indian spices, licorice and violet on the nose. Then sweet, supple and expansive in the mouth, with strikingly deep flavors of dark berry and cherry compote, mocha and violet pastille. The endless finish displays fine-grained tannins and intense licorice and floral notes. This will age at a snail's pace.

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      2006 cote rotie GUIGAL "LA LANDONNE"
      Wine Spectator (2010): 97 points

      This is packed for the vintage, with dark bittersweet chocolate and espresso leading the way for the core of dense fig paste, hoisin sauce and mulled blackberry fruit. The long, smoky finish lets charcoal and iron notes play out, with a very grippy finish. Best from 20120 through 2030.

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      2009 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL "VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE"
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 95-97 points

      The outrageous, inky/purple-hued 2009 St.-Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice boasts scents of roast beef, bacon fat, black currants, blackberries, camphor, licorice and subtle smoke along with great intensity, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a fantastic finish. It will be drinkable early in life and keep for two decades.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2007 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL "VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE"
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 91 points

      Deep ruby. Highly aromatic nose combines blackberry, cassis, violet, licorice and cola, with a strong note of cracked pepper. Juicy, precise and appealingly lithe, with sappy flavors of dark berry compote and candied violet. Very suave on the back end, finishing with gentle tannins and lingering smokiness.

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      2007 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL "VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE"
      Wine Spectator (2010): 93 points

      Darkly toasty, with roasted vanilla and coffee aromas up front, followed by dense, polished blackberry and black currant fruit. Lots of graphite- and loam-filled grip frames the very long, dark fruit-filled finish.

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      2007 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL "VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE"
      The Wine Advocate (2003): 94

      Much more full-bodied and voluptuous, the 2007 Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospice is about as sexy and seamless as Saint Joseph gets. Loaded with ripe black raspberry, flowers, licorice, incense and olive tapenade-like aromas and flavors, it hits the palate layers of fruit, big texture, and masses of sweet tannin. Count me a fan and while it’s a joy to drink now, it will continue to evolve nicely through 2022. One of the reference point estates for top quality wines in the world today, the family-run Guigal operation was created in 1946 by Etienne Guigal. Today, Etienne’s son, Marcel, and his son, Philippe, are firmly in control here, and are without a doubt producing some of the most singular, sought-after wines in the world. Due to the size of this tasting, I’ll keep my comments short, but the incredible quality coming from this operation is astounding, and a tasting here is always one of the highlights of any trip through the region. Furthermore, while a lot is said about the extended oak aging regime here, I don’t know anyone who tastes mature examples of these wines on a regular basis that still has any doubts about the genius going on here. In short, these single-vineyard (and their blends as well) Cote Roties are some of the greatest wines money can buy. For this tasting (which, with the Guigals, is always a large one!), we focused on their Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospice release, and then three of their Cote Roties, starting with the classic Brune et Blonde, then the Chateau d’Ampuis, and finishing with their single-vineyard La Mouline. Looking first at their Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices release, it comes from the incredibly steep (and picturesque) vineyard perched above the town of Tournon. The exposure here (which is critical for Saint Joseph as the more southern-facing the plot, the warmer the site) is mostly east-facing and the soils are pure granite (identical to the decomposed granite found in the Les Bessards lieu-dit on Hermitage Hills). Compared to the Saint Joseph lieu-dit, which has a slightly more southern exposure, harvest here is always 5-7 days later. Moving north to Cote Rotie, the Guigal’s Brune et Blonde is their entry level release that comes from a mix of vineyards, most of which are estate. It drinks beautifully on release and has a solid 15-20 years of longevity in top vintages.

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      2007 cote rotie GUIGAL CHATEAU D'AMPUIS
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 92 points

      Bright ruby. High-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry and potpourri, with a note of spice cake that gains volume with air. Lively and focused on the palate, which offers sweet red fruit and floral pastille flavors as well as hints of cracked pepper and smoky herbs. Shows plenty of complexity now, with very good finishing clarity and spicy persistence. This wine displays the elegant, approachable character of the vintage.

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      2007 cote rotie GUIGAL CHATEAU D'AMPUIS
      Wine Spectator (2011): 95 points

      Very dense, with espresso, maduro tobacco and a strong tarry edge leading the way for now, while a core of plum cake, hoisin sauce and steeped black currant broods in the background. The dense, ganache-filled finish demands cellaring. This is just a half step behind the La La bottlings now. Very impressive. Best from 2013 through 2024.

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      2008 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BLONDE "LA MOULINE"
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 89-91points

      The weakest link among recent vintages, the 2008 Cote Rotie La Mouline reveals a weedy, green pepper note along with sweet tannin, a medium dark plum/ruby color, and a gentle roundness and lushness. By the time this cuvee is in bottle, I suspect it will be better than it was showing in Guigal’s cellars.

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      2006 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BLONDE "LA MOULINE"
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 96 points

      Vivid red. Black raspberry, blood orange and Asian spices on the expressive, hypnotically perfumed nose. Juicy, focused and floral, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors, a strong note of floral pastilles and a firm mineral underpinning. Finishes with superb focus and length, showing remarkable freshness and lingering minerality.

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      2006 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BLONDE "LA MOULINE"
      Wine Spectator (2010): 95 points

      Really perfumy and alluring, with espresso, sandalwood and black tea notes all mingling together, while velvety crushed plum, fig and blackberry fruit glides in behind them. Hints of mesquite and iron play out on the well-integrated finish. Accessible, but will cellar easily too. Best from 2011 through 2032.

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      2006 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BRUNE "LA TURQUE"
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 94 points

      Bright ruby. Pungent dark berry and cherry-vanilla aromas are complemented by anise, pipe tobacco and black cardamom. Smoky cherry and blackcurrant flavors are deep and nicely focused, with building tannins and a seductively sweet quality. Shows more power than the La Mouline but less finesse. Finishes on a lively, bittersweet cherry note, with outstanding persistence and lingering elements of spice and smoke.

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      2006 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BRUNE "LA TURQUE"
      Wine Spectator (2010): 96 points

      This pulls together grip, minerality and fruit, with charcoal and espresso laying the foundation for crushed plum, fig sauce and mulled currant fruit, which then gives way to a vibrant, iron- and tobacco-filled finish that leaves a mouthwatering feel. Very impressive. Best from 2011 through 2030.

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      2006 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 93 points

      Bright violet color. An exotic, highly perfumed bouquet displays dark berries, cola, black olive and intense florality. Chewy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors show excellent depth and intensity, with sweet violet pastille and fruitcake qualities on the back end. A floral note echoes on the juicy, powerful finish. For a big wine this shows surprisingly lithe character and precision. This wine is made from four prime Hermitage sites: 40% each from Bessards and Greffieux and 10% each from Ermite and Murets.

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      2006 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      Wine Spectator (2010): 94 points

      A very dense, slightly brawny version, delivering a mix of crushed currant and warm fig sauce aromas and flavors that are liberally framed with bittersweet cocoa and roasted espresso notes. The dark, anise- and graphite-filled finish needs some time to settle into itself. Best from 2011 through 2021.

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      2010 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 92-94 points

      The 2010 St.-Joseph Lieu-Dit St.-Joseph looks to be as strong. Its inky/blue/purple color is followed by a stunning perfume of graphite, crushed rocks, blackberries and cassis. From a hillside vineyard near the village of Mauves, this cuvee is loaded with fruit and personality. These are definitely wines to seek out given their high quality and reasonable prices.

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      2009 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 92 points

      Bright gold. Sexy, oak-spiced pit fruits and marzipan on the nose, with lively citrus and mineral nuances adding vivacity. Sappy, penetrating and broad on the palate, offering densely packed nectarine and orange flavors enhanced by exotic notes of candied licorice and honeycomb. Becomes chewier with air and finishes with excellent clarity and a resonating mineral quality. This seems to be sucking up its oak quickly. Guigal says that the granite soil here is responsible for the wine's tension.

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      2009 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      Wine Spectator (2011): 93 points

      A rich white, with apricot, tangerine, green plum and persimmon notes woven together and caressed by a toasted brioche edge on the flattering finish. The fruit is showy, but this has balance and precision too. The best vintage yet for this steadily improving cuvée.

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      2008 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 89 points

      Vivid ruby. Tightly wound, focused aromas of redcurrant, cherry pit and licorice, with a hint of black olive. Firm, slightly ungiving red fruit flavors are lifted by tangy acidity and gain sweetness and flesh with air. The brisk finish has dusty tannins and repeats the olive note.

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      2008 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      Wine Spectator (2011): 91 points

      Fresh, with good intensity to the red currant, cherry and damson plum fruit, laced with hints of Campari, violet and incense. A singed iron note adds a persistent edge to the finish. Very solid for the vintage.

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      2008 crozes hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2010): 89 points

      Light gold. Nervy, mineral-driven aromas of lemongrass, lime and green apple, with a bright note of talc. Racy citrus flavors are sharply focused and pure, with good mineral cut and a late note of floral honey. Misses some of the loose-knit character that often plagues the whites of this appellation and finishes with zesty lemon and lime notes and very good persistence.

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      2008 crozes hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2010): 89 points

      Plump peach, roasted macadamia nut, coconut and melon peel notes glide through the round, fresh finish.

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      2008 condrieu GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2010): 91 points

      Light, vivid yellow. Intensely floral aromas of white peach, nectarine, tangerine, honeysuckle and violet, with a suave spiciness. Tangy, sharply focused citrus and pit fruit flavors are complemented by notes of talc and allspice and supported by a taut mineral spine. Finishes with very good spicy persistence and an echo of sweet citrus fruit.

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      2006 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2010): 91 points

      Yellow-gold. Pungent aromas of poached pear, peach pit and honey, with a smoky undertone. Full-bodied and pliant, offering rich pit fruit flavors and notes of anise and herbs. Possesses the depth and texture of a red wine, and finishes with strong grip and an echo of smoky minerals. This big boy could stand up to a rich poultry or veal dish.

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      2006 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2009): 93 points

      Powerful, with a broad, buttery feel up front that lets creamed melon and peach flavors carry through. This has a big, rounded feel, with a whiff of macadamia nut. Very long and enticing on the finish. Marsanne and Roussanne.

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      2006 gigondas GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2010): 89 points

      Bright ruby. Highly aromatic bouquet of raspberry, dried rose, white pepper and herbs. Fresh red fruits on the palate, with notes of succulent herbs and smoky minerals adding complexity. Lithe and precise on the finish, with the floral note echoing.

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      2006 gigondas GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2010): 90 points

      Really fine, with racy, well-embedded acidity that lets the sandalwood, espresso, mulled plum and tobacco notes mingle together through the finish. Some mature hints of tobacco and game are starting to show as well, though there's grip in reserve.

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      2006 crozes hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2010): 89 points

      Deep ruby. Suave, mineral-driven scents of cherry-cola, redcurrant and fresh flowers, with an undercurrent of minerals. Spicy, finely etched red berry and cherry skin flavors stain the palate, with dusty tannins lending support and a slow-mounting peppery quality adding vivacity. Nicely pure and focused, with strong finishing snap and length.

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      2006 crozes hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2010): 88 ppoints

      A twinge of iron leads the way, with black cherry, spice and tobacco notes gliding in behind it. A dash of cherry pit extends the finish.

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      2006 crozes hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 88 points

      More complete, richer, and more textured, the dark ruby/purple-tinged 2006 Crozes-Hermitage offers peppery, tapenade, and cassis scents. This well-made, medium-bodied 2006 is a classic example of the appellation at a high level of quality.

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      2006 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2010): 91 points

      Vivid red. Deeper and more brooding than the Crozes, with ripe blackberry and smoked meat aromas and a building licorice quality. Slow to open, eventually offering chewy dark berry and bitter cherry flavors and solid tannic grip. With air, this showed a pungent floral quality and repeated the licorice note. The finish is broad, powerful and quite persistent.

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      2006 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2010): 90 points

      A pure, racy style, with mouthwatering red currant and damson plum fruit laced with aged tobacco and sweet tapenade notes that ripple through the tangy, unadorned finish.

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      2006 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 90 points

      The outstanding 2006 St.-Joseph exhibits aromas of black currants, crushed rocks, spring flowers, camphor, and licorice. Elegant, with substantial flavor depth, this dark ruby/purple-tinged, pure, concentrated 2006 should evolve for a decade.

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      2005 chateauneuf du pape (rouge) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2010): 90 points

      Deep red. Complex aromas of dried red berries, garrigue, Asian spices and rose. Spicy red fruit flavors are firmed by fine-grained tannins and complemented by notes of succulent herbs and smoky spices. Well-structured but not hard, finishing with very good clarity, sappiness and lingering florality.

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      2005 chateauneuf du pape (rouge) GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2009): 89 points

      A dark, slightly chewy style, with braised beef, fig paste and currant notes laced with coffee and aged tobacco. There's a dash of roasted chestnut on the muscular finish. This is a solid, brawny version. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and others.

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      2008 condrieu GUIGAL "LA DORIANE"
      International Wine Cellar (2010): 92 points

      Pale gold color. Citrus, vanilla bean, smoke, candied ginger and crushed rocks on the fragrant nose. Fat, ripe and gently sweet, with very good clarity and cut to the flavors of orange, peach, smoky brown spices and minerals. With air the oak notes recede into the lush fruit, where they stay hidden until the tail end of the finish. This tactile, energetic and sexy wine is pretty primary right now and Guigal thinks the oak will not be playing much of a role after a couple of years.

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      2008 condrieu GUIGAL "LA DORIANE"
      Wine Spectator (2010): 92 points

      Lovely, inviting aromas of creamed yellow apple, peach and persimmon give way to a mouthfeel that's surprisingly lush for the vintage, letting additional pear, melon, buttered brioche and quince notes pump through the lengthy, dense finish. Bold but well-defined.

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      2005 cote rotie GUIGAL "LA LANDONNE"
      International Wine Cellar (2010): 97 points

      Opaque purple. Highly expressive, exotic bouquet of blueberry, boysenberry, violet face powder, Indian spices and smoky minerals. Deeply concentrated but almost shockingly vibrant, offering palate-coating dark berry and cherry liqueur flavors and notes of floral pastilles and minerals. The finish doesn't want to let up and eventually leaves notes of flowers and smoky spices behind. This glyceral, potent wine is destined for a long life, and it would be a crime to open it any time soon.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 cote rotie GUIGAL "LA LANDONNE"
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 100 points

      Utter perfection, the 2005 Cote Rotie La Landonne exhibits a similar scorched earth/burning ember and bacon fat-scented nose as well as copious quantities of black fruits, truffles, and forest floor. Incredibly dense and masculine with unreal levels of concentration, and beautifully integrated tannin, acidity, and oak, this remarkable 2005 may turn out to be the longest-lived La Landonne since the debut vintage of 1978 (which is still going strong). Cellar this cuvee for 5-6 years, and consume it over the following 35+ years.

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      2005 cote rotie GUIGAL "LA LANDONNE"
      Wine Spectator (2009): 99 points

      Still tight, with a wall of mocha and raspberry ganache covering the massive core of fig fruit, hoisin sauce and plum cake notes. This is extremely dense but remarkably polished, with a long, tongue-penetrating finish that drips of fruit and spice laid over massive grip. Best from 2012 through 2034.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2006 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL "VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE"
      International Wine Cellar (2010): 93 points

      Vivid ruby. Exotic aromas of raspberry and blackcurrant preserves, incense, smoked meat and violet, plus a hint of black olive. Very syrah, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and an exotically spicy floral pastille quality. Bracing minerality adds lift and cut to the finish, which echoes the sweet red fruit and floral notes. There's lots going on here right now and this could easily be enjoyed with a couple hours of aeration.

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      2006 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL "VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE"
      Wine Spectator (2009): 93 points

      Very round and fresh, with delicious crushed fig, plum sauce and graphite flavors laced with spice and sweet earth notes. The long, incense- and toast-filled finish has lovely texture. Mocha and fruitcake hints at the end should flesh out nicely with cellaring.

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      2006 cote rotie GUIGAL CHATEAU D'AMPUIS
      Wine Spectator (2010): 92 points

      Still a touch tight, this builds slowly, with tangy red and black currant fruit married to dark olive notes. There's a tarry edge on the finish, with lingering iron and espresso notes that gain steam nicely as they air in the glass. Drink now through 2019.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2005 cote rotie GUIGAL CHATEAU D'AMPUIS
      International Wine Cellar (2010): 93 points

      Vivid ruby. Potent, intensely perfumed aromas of red berries, Asian spices, dried flowers and minerals expand with air and pick up a note of cracked pepper. Deep, concentrated and surprisingly graceful, offering mineral-laced raspberry and cherry flavors and a sexy floral quality. Clings tenaciously on the strikingly pure and focused finish This wine was just bottled.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 cote rotie GUIGAL CHATEAU D'AMPUIS
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 94-96 points

      If the 2006 represents a 1991-ish feminine offering, the 2005 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis is a macho, masculine-styled effort. Dense, concentrated, and powerful, with gamy black currant, spice box, bacon fat, and herb notes, this chewy, tannic, enormously promising requires 3-4 years of cellaring, and should drink well over the following two decades or more.

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      2005 cote rotie GUIGAL CHATEAU D'AMPUIS
      Wine Spectator (2009): 94 points

      Rock-solid, with a great core of dark plum and fig fruit woven with incense, Turkish coffee, melted licorice and mineral notes. The long finish lets the mouthwatering acidity carry it all nicely. There's impressive drive and density. Best from 2010 through 2020.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2005 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BLONDE "LA MOULINE"
      International Wine Cellar (2010): 96 points

      Vivid ruby. Sexy black raspberry and floral aromas are complicated by smoky minerals, Asian spices and a whiff of smoke. Silky, alluringly sweet red and dark berry flavors pack serious punch but come off as weightless, with tangy minerality adding spine and precision. Showing more elegance than last year: its finishing lift, clarity and sweetness comes across as distinctly Burgundian. This suave wine is surprisingly open-knit but I'd wait a while before opening a bottle.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BLONDE "LA MOULINE"
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 100 points

      Similar to the powerful 1988, the inky/purple-colored, dense 2005 Cote Rotie La Mouline offers a stunning perfume of espresso roast, licorice, pepper, blackberries, and black cherries intermixed with hints of chocolate and spring flowers. Powerful, super-concentrated, and ruggedly-constructed with a boatload of tannin, this is a wine to forget for 4-5 years, and drink over the following 25-30. It is the densest, most tannic vintage of La Mouline since 1988.

    • Wine Spectator

      2005 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BLONDE "LA MOULINE"
      Wine Spectator (2009): 99 points

      Extremely dense, with Turkish coffee and bittersweet cocoa notes leading the way for a huge core of macerated plum and currant fruit, with warm fig reduction and hoisin sauce notes. The long, graphite- and toast-driven finish sails on and on. Best from 2012 through 2030.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2005 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BRUNE "LA TURQUE"
      International Wine Cellar (2010): 96 points

      Saturated ruby. Powerful scents of dark berries, cherry preserves, Indian spices and violet. Showing more richness than the Mouline, with chewy, smoky blackberry and mulberry flavors and a string jolt of peppery spice on the back end. Really clings to the palate, finishing with strong notes of candied violet and lush dark berries. This has gained richness and breadth in the last year and will repay extended cellaring.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BRUNE "LA TURQUE"
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 100 points

      Once again the 2005 Cote Rotie La Turque is a mesmerizing wine. Its extraordinary perfume of camphor, black truffles, bacon fat, spring flowers, blackberries, and cherries is followed by a dense, full-bodied, pure, multilayered wine of superb balance and impeccable harmony. This profound, amazing 2005 should be forgotten for 4-5 years, and drunk over the next three decades.

    • Wine Spectator

      2005 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BRUNE "LA TURQUE"
      Wine Spectator (2009): 99 points

      Extremely dense and reserved, with only hints of coffee, bittersweet chocolate and charred apple wood leaking out from the core of melted fig, black licorice, Lapsang souchong tea and currant preserve notes. Still chewy, with formidable tannins framing the nearly endless finish, this could be the hardest of the trio to break in while cellaring. Best from 2012 through 2034.

    • Wine Spectator

      2007 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      Wine Spectator (2010): 95 points

      Intense, with gorgeously pure salted butter, brioche, paraffin, creamed yellow apple, anise and persimmon notes all woven together and pushed by a broad but well-focused finish. This has the length to let everything take an encore. Impressive. Drink now through 2020.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2006 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      International Wine Cellar (2010): 94 points

      Deep yellow. Exotically perfumed bouquet of wild, herb-laced tropical and pit fruits, with notes of licorice and dried fig emerging with air; reminds me of an old Chartreuse. Deep, chewy and very rich, with gently sweet apricot, peach and dried pear flavors and notes of botanical herbs. Smoky, surprisingly nervy mineral and floral notes carry through a long, sappy, penetrating finish. I'd serve this powerful wine with a preparation of chicken and mushrooms or truffles.

    • Wine Spectator

      2006 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      Wine Spectator (2009): 95 points

      A touch extreme, as this is very toasty in style, with lots of butter, grilled hazelnut and peach cobbler aromas and flavors. Really powerful, with a broad and muscular palate. Yet there's impressive drive and length, with solid cut thanks to invigorating bitter almond and orange peel notes buried deep.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2005 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      International Wine Cellar (2010): 95 points

      Saturated ruby. Pungent red and dark berries on the nose, with exotic floral and spice qualities expanding with air. Sweet, deep and incisive raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are energized by tangy minerals and pick up smoke and floral notes on the back end. The lush and creamy finish leaves a trail of spice and red fruit notes in its wake. This wine is built for cellaring but is showing a lot of complexity today.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 95-98 points

      Made in a completely different style, the colossal 2005 Hermitage Ex-Voto is pure power, muscle, and concentration. Its inky/purple color is accompanied by an extraordinary, precise nose of creme de cassis, smoke, charcoal, incense, and spring flowers. Full-bodied with outrageous concentration, good acidity, noble sweet tannin, and a 60-second finish, this wine requires 5-6 more years of bottle age, and should drink well for 30-50 years.

    • Wine Spectator

      2005 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      Wine Spectator (2009): 96 points

      Rather sleek, with fresh, very rounded plum, cherry and blackberry fruit held together by notes of black tea, sweet earth and hoisin sauce. The texture is polished and the finish very long, with echoes of mocha flittering throughout. There's plenty of grip in reserve, and this should blossom in the cellar. Far more refined than the 2003, though not quite as dynamic. Best from 2010 through 2025.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2008 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      International Wine Cellar (2010): 91 points

      Vivid gold. Good energy to the aromas of Meyer lemon, pit fruits, white flowers and brown spices. Fatter and denser than the basic bottling but with more vivacity as well. The orange and peach flavors show good depth and persistence, along with a touch of warmth. This has a bit more richness and palate presence than the normale, even if a touch of warmth on the finish distracts from the fruit slightly. This was raised in 100% new barriques but wears its oak lightly.

    • Wine Spectator

      2008 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      Wine Spectator (2010): 91 points

      Very rounded for the vintage, with impressive depth to the quince, pear, fig and Cavaillon melon flavors, which glide over lightly roasted hazelnut and brioche notes. Pure and lengthy.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2007 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      International Wine Cellar (2010): 91 points

      Ruby-red. Explosively perfumed bouquet of cherry-vanilla, mulberry and Indian spices, along with building notes of potpourri and cracked pepper. Bright red and dark berry preserve flavors are enlivened by tangy minerality and become smokier with aeration. Refreshingly juicy and lively for a rich wine, with excellent finishing clarity and lingering spiciness.

    • Wine Spectator

      2007 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      Wine Spectator (2010): 93 points

      Alluring cocoa powder, black tea and espresso aromas give way to a nicely structured core of black cherry, black currant and fig notes. The espresso edge takes over on the still-grippy finish.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2007 condrieu GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 89 points

      Guigal is the undisputed king of Condrieu (as well as Cote Rotie), and his 2007 Condrieu exhibits crisp, tart acids in addition to fresh, lively notes of honeyed apricots, peaches, and lychee nuts.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2007 condrieu GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 90 points

      Green-gold. Spicy white peach and lemon aromas are complicated by zesty minerals and white flowers. Fleshy orange and pit fruit flavors stain the palate and expand with air, picking up a refreshing peach skin quality. The minerals return on the finish, which is brisk, focused and long.

    • Wine Spectator

      2007 condrieu GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2008): 91 points

      Very juicy and still a touch compact, with green almond, fig and anise notes waiting to come out from behind the fennel and mineral. Long finish. Cellar short term to let this open up.

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      2005 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 93+ points

      The 2005 Hermitage blanc reveals licorice, roasted nut, quince, and marmalade characteristics. Even more powerful and dense than the 2006, this impressive, honeyed offering possesses excellent acidity as well as a tannic-like structure. It should evolve for two decades.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2005 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 92 points

      Light yellow. Explosively aromatic bouquet combines dried pear, botanical herbs, blond tobacco and smoked meat. Deeply concentrated, mineral-laced pit fruit flavors are complicated by lemon thyme, citrus pith and floral pastille qualities. This is as much about minerals, flowers and herbs as fruit and would be amazingly flexible at the table. Finishes with lingering apricot pit and orchard fruit qualities and excellent clarity.

    • Wine Spectator

      2005 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2008): 93 points

      Young but packed, with sweetened butter, creamed peach, toasted brioche, almond and heather notes that are densely layered on the long finish. Will need some time to stretch out fully. Best from 2010 through 2020

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      2005 cotes du rhone (rouge) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 89 points

      Deep red. Intensely perfumed bouquet of dark berries, kirsch, smoked meat, violet and graphite; really showing off the syrah today. Round and sweet, with fleshy cherry, black raspberry and candied flower flavors framed by silky tannins. A deeper cocoa quality joins the dark berries on the finish. This superb Cotes du Rhone is a benchmark for the category.

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      2005 crozes hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 89 points

      Vivid red. Sexy bouquet of red berries, Asian spices and fresh flowers. Very fresh, with racy raspberry and wild strawberry flavors, no apparent tannins and lively minerality. The elegance of this wine is quite alluring. Finishes clean, brisk and persistent.

    • Wine Spectator

      2005 gigondas GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2009): 89 points

      Forward, with spice, crushed black cherry and currant fruit and black tea notes. The nice racy, mineral-tinged finish has solid length.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 gigondas GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2008): 91-93 points

      His 2005 Gigondas is better than 80% of those produced by the vignerons with estates in the village. Its deep ruby color is followed by aromas and flavors of minerals and peppery black currants, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and noticeable, but sweet tannin.

    • Wine Spectator

      2005 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2009): 91 points

      This is ripe, with solid grip to the plum sauce, fig, cocoa powder and incense notes that stay powerful through the smoke- and mineral-filled finish. This has a nice muscular, grippy feel.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2005 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2008): 91 points

      Ruby-red. Smoky cherry on the nose, which displays an almost medicinal concentration. Show some serious weight, with sweet blackberry and candied plum flavors enlivened by baking spices and tangy minerals. Finishes with impressive silkiness and persistence. This is really graceful for its size and concentration.

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      2004 chateauneuf du pape (rouge) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 91 points

      Deep red. Seductive raspberry, potpourri, smoked meat and Asian spice aromas expand with air, picking up a subtle mineral quality. Deep, chewy red fruit flavors stain the palate, with fine-grained tannins providing shape. Seems to gain freshness with air, finishing sweet and with a refreshing snap of tangy minerals.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2004 chateauneuf du pape (rouge) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 88 points

      The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape offers expressive notes of kirsch liqueur, licorice, herbs, meats, and spice. This fleshy effort should drink nicely for 7-10 years.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2004 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 91 points

      Deep ruby-red. Fresh raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by sexy Asian spice and potpourri qualities. Round and fleshy but energetic, with lively red berry flavors, silky texture and slow-building sweetness. I looked for tannins but couldn't find them. Finishes with impressive clarity and persistence. This wine's luscious fruit will allow it to be drunk young, but there's excellent depth and balance to ensure a long life.

    • Wine Spectator

      2004 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2009): 89 points

      An elegant, perfumy style, with sandalwood, black tea and cocoa powder notes leading the way for supple black cherry and currant fruit. There's nice length on the silky finish.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 cote rotie GUIGAL "BRUNE & BLONDE DE GUIGAL"
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 92 points

      The 2005 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde is the fullest-bodied, most complete and deepest of this quartet. Its dark garnet color is followed by a big, sweet nose of bacon fat, cassis, jammy cherries, and peppery herbs. Full-bodied and lush, it is ideal for drinking over the next 10-12 years.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2005 cote rotie GUIGAL "BRUNE & BLONDE DE GUIGAL"
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 92 points

      Bright red. Intensely perfumed, sexy bouquet of wild strawberry, raspberry, kirsch, Asian spices and potpourri. Suave, silky red berry flavors display liqueur-like depth and are nicely framed by fine-grained tannins. A sneaky note of licorice builds and carries through the long, sweet finish of this precise wine. There are 270,000 bottles of this.

    • Wine Spectator

      2005 cote rotie GUIGAL "BRUNE & BLONDE DE GUIGAL"
      Wine Spectator (2009): 91 points

      This is dense, with the grip of the vintage, but also admirable polish, which allows the lush raspberry, blackberry and spice notes to glide over the cocoa and mineral underpinning, followed by a long, inviting finish. Drink now through 2019.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2007 condrieu GUIGAL "LA DORIANE"
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 95 points

      This full-bodied white was aged in one-third new oak and two-thirds tank. One hundred percent of the 2007 Condrieu La Doriane is vinified in new oak, and put through malolactic. It is then aged for 11 months prior to bottling. Absolutely exquisite, with the oak pushed to the background, this wine’s fruit character is dominated by apricots, peaches, honeysuckle, and marmalade. The beautiful floral and honeyed fruit aromatics are followed by a sumptuous, full-bodied white that is never heavy (because of good acidity) or flabby.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2007 condrieu GUIGAL "LA DORIANE"
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 92 points

      Pale yellow. Intensely floral, sexy bouquet of tangerine, white pepper, lavender and brown spices. Very fresh in the mouth, with sweet citrus and pit fruit flavors, tangy mineral bite and a suave chamomile quality. Really clings to the palate, finishing with excellent clarity, lift and thrust. This has the balance to reward patience but is already extremely seductive.

    • Wine Spectator

      2007 condrieu GUIGAL "LA DORIANE"
      Wine Spectator (2008): 94 points

      Really dense, with a massive core of white peach, fig, almond and Cavaillon melon notes carried by a remarkably creamy-textured palate. Long and pure through the finish, with mineral and floral notes waiting in reserve.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2004 cote rotie GUIGAL "LA LANDONNE"
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 95 points

      Inky purple. Intensely perfumed, sexy aromas of Asian spices, cherry-cola, violet, yellow rose and black tea. Fresh cherry and dark berry flavors envelop the palate, with zesty minerality providing added lift. Gains sweetness with air, picking up bitter chocolate and candied floral character. Finishes broad, sweet and seemingly endless, with the cola and spice notes repeating.

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      2004 cote rotie GUIGAL "LA LANDONNE"
      Wine Spectator (2008): 95 points

      A gorgeous nose of crushed plum and Turkish coffee gives way to a plush-textured palate of warm fig, mocha, fruitcake and mesquite. Still a touch taut, but pure on the finish, with fine-grained tannins and mouthwatering minerality. Drink now through 2023.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL "VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE"
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 95 points

      Another outrageously great effort is the 2005 St.-Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice. Fresh creme de cassis notes intermixed with crushed rocks, spring flowers, subtle herbs, and meat juices are followed by a wine of great richness, medium to full-bodied power, and striking elegance and complexity. It requires 2-3 more years of bottle age, and should age for 2+ decades.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2005 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL "VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE"
      International Wine Cellar (2008): 93-95 points

      Inky ruby. Remarkably floral bouquet of strawberry, blackberry and kirsch, with lovely rose and violet building in the glass. Stains the palate with sweet red and dark berry liqueur flavors, picking up exotic floral pastilles with air. Becomes more stony and vibrant on the long, zesty finish, which echoes the red fruit flavors.

    • Wine Spectator

      2005 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL "VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE"
      Wine Spectator (2008): 93 points

      Shows a modern kiss of toast up front, but it quickly melds into the fleshy currant, fig and hoisin sauce notes, which are followed by cocoa and violet. The nicely rounded finish shows superb length and balance.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2004 cote rotie GUIGAL CHATEAU D'AMPUIS
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 93 points

      Vivid ruby. Highly complex nose displays sexy, mineral-drenched red berry and kirsch qualities, along with anise, violet, vanilla and cola. The minerality continues on the palate, adding life to the pure red fruit flavors. Becomes spicier on the clean, impressively persistent finish. A superb blend of power and energy.

    • Wine Spectator

      2004 cote rotie GUIGAL CHATEAU D'AMPUIS
      Wine Spectator (2008): 92 points

      A very fine effort for the vintage, with slightly mature hints of coffee and sage mingling with a core of black cherry, incense and iron. The long, fine-grained finish still has good grip, but is also plenty supple, with a lingering hint of incense. Drink now through 2022.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2004 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BLONDE "LA MOULINE"
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 94 points

      Vivid red color. Alluring aromas of black raspberry, anise, potpourri and minerals. Pliant, seductively sweet red and dark berry flavors stain the palate, braced by dusty minerals. The raspberry note comes on strong on the finish, which is sharply focused and remarkably pure. A wine of great finesse.

    • Wine Spectator

      2004 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BLONDE "LA MOULINE"
      Wine Spectator (2008): 95 points

      A lilting, perfumy style, with incense, warm raspberry ganache and black tea aromas leading the way for mixed berry sorbet, mesquite and mocha notes. Supersilky on the long, alluring finish. A beauty, with impressive purity for the vintage. Drink now through 2023.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2004 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BRUNE "LA TURQUE"
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 95 points

      Saturated red. Deep, concentrated aromas of kirsch, cola and blackcurrant, with mounting smokiness and Indian spice qualities. Livelier on the palate, offering sweet raspberry and cherry-cola flavors, velvety texture and a strong lashing of cracked pepper. A sweet anise note carries through the sappy, very sweet finish. This wine is already quite seductive.

    • Wine Spectator

      2004 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BRUNE "LA TURQUE"
      Wine Spectator (2008): 94 points

      Still tight, but with an ample core of hoisin sauce, licorice, black currant preserve and espresso. There's great length and lovely texture through the finish, which is filled with dark plum, cocoa and iron. Drink now through 2023.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 96 points

      An outrageous wine, the 2005 Hermitage Ex-Voto blanc boasts extraordinary pineapple, lychee nut, white peach, floral, crushed rock, and quince notes in its full-bodied, powerful, mouth-coating personality. A blend of 95% Marsanne and 5% Roussanne, it was aged in new oak for 18 months. Nine thousand bottles were produced in 2005. It will have at least three decades of evolution.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2005 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 96 points

      Light yellow. Kaleidoscopic bouquet of singed orange, musky herbs, potpourri, brown butter, smoky minerals, tarragon and fresh bay. Weighty citrus and dried pit fruit and cherry(!) flavors are complicated by candied licorice, botanical herbs and toasted grain, completely saturating the palate. This has the texture of a red wine, and some of the same flavors too, but there's also striking finesse and clarity. The finish clings endlessly, repeating the smoke and mineral notes.

    • Wine Spectator

      2005 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      Wine Spectator (2008): 97 points

      This shows stunning purity and range of flavors, with blanched almond, chamomile, green fig, persimmon and apricot notes all weaving around a core of heather honey and brioche. The long finish resonates with minerality. Best from 2010 through 2025.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2007 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 91 points

      Light, bright gold. Suave lemon, orange and spicecake aromas are brightened by dusty minerals and citrus zest. Fat and creamy, with deep orchard and pit fruit flavors and a snap of tangy minerals adding energy. The oak is very nicely integrated, allowing the sweet fruit to stand out. Finishes with impressive lift, grip and spice.

    • Wine Spectator

      2007 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      Wine Spectator (2009): 92 points

      A ripe, forward style, with lush apricot, creamed peach, paraffin and brioche notes that glide through the creamy, buttery finish. Long and dense on the finish, with fig and toasted almond notes. This could use a little time to unwind.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2006 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 92 points

      The brilliant 2006 St.-Joseph Lieu-Dit St.-Joseph blanc offers up abundant aromas of rose petals, red currants, honeysuckle, crushed rocks, flowers, and assorted tropical fruits. This deep, lavishly rich, dry, medium to full-bodied 2006 should drink nicely for 4-5 years.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2006 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      International Wine Cellar (2008): 91 points

      Light yellow. Spicy quince, apple and pear aromas, with a potent array of minerals, spices and floral qualities building with air. Impressively deep and delineated, with smoky pit fruit and licorice character on the long, sappy finish. This is quite complex.

    • Wine Spectator

      2006 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      Wine Spectator (2008): 92 points

      Slightly earthy up front, with wheat biscuit and matchstick notes leading the way for rich persimmon, melon and ginger flavors that show more purity as they stretch out in the glass. Ample structure defines the rich finish.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2006 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 92 points

      Deep red. Black raspberry, kirsch and cinnamon on the nose. Suave dark berry flavors show very good depth and sweetness, with silky, integrated tannins adding support and focus. The fruit lingers impressively on the finish, which is long, sweet and juicy, with a late note of baking spices. This seductive wine will be delicious soon after release.

    • Wine Spectator

      2006 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      Wine Spectator (2009): 91 points

      Very solid, with ripe and nicely rounded plum, currant and blackberry fruit flavors that are backed by ample cocoa and espresso hints. The long, creamy finish lets toast and fig cake notes play out.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 93 points

      The superb 2005 St.-Joseph Lieu-Dit St.-Joseph is not nearly as backward as the 2005 regular cuvee. Full-bodied, powerful notes of charcoal, black raspberries, black currants, smoke, herbs, and tapenade, along with tart acids, are found in this deep, complex, stunning St.-Joseph. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2005 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      International Wine Cellar (2008): 91-93 points

      Bright ruby. Alluring bouquet of fresh red berries, rose, violet and graphite. Deep, sweet strawberry and raspberry flavors offer impressive clarity and building spiciness. A slow burn of minerals adds cut to the long, juicy finish. This is beautiful and should be a ridiculous bargain.

    • Wine Spectator

      2005 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      Wine Spectator (2008): 92 points

      Bright, with a deliciously plush texture and a mélange of ripe red and black cherry fruit mixing with licorice snap, ganache and graphite notes. Juicy, pure finish.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2006 condrieu GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2008): 92 points

      Perhaps the finest basic cuvee Guigal has yet made, the 2006 Condrieu exhibits superb acacia flower, white peach, honeysuckle, and mineral characteristics in a medium to full-bodied, gorgeous style with zesty acidity in the background.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2006 condrieu GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2008): 91 points

      Light gold. Spicy pear, nectarine and candied lemon on the nose, with a subtle gingerbread quality building in the glass. Really stains the palate with vibrant, refreshingly bitter citrus pith and pear skin flavors, becoming richer on the close. Packs a serious wallop of deep fruit but possesses superb vivacity and cut.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2006 cotes du rhone (rouge) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2008): 88 points

      The 2006 Cotes du Rhone exhibits a dark ruby hue that is slightly less saturated than the 2007. It possesses more pepper, garrigue, earth, and tar characteristics in addition to plenty of red and black fruit notes. Medium-bodied and juicy.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2003 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2008): 93 points

      Ruby-red. Fresh raspberry and cherry on the nose, with a suave floral quality adding complexity. Seemed to gain freshness with air, the fruit picking up zesty minerality and sexy baking spices. Undeniably rich but this possesses uncanny elegance and vivacity for an Hermitage, much less one from this hot vintage.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2003 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 94 points

      One of the finest cuvees of regular Hermitage Guigal has ever produced is the 2003 Hermitage. Copiously fruity with a blackberry/cassis liqueur note, huge, flowery, almost chocolatey richness with superb freshness, purity, and a stunning thickness and opulence, this is spectacular Hermitage that should drink well for 30+ years.

    • Wine Spectator

      2003 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2007): 93 points

      Ripe and concentrated, this shows plum, currant and cherry fruit intertwined with spice, espresso and black licorice notes. Has a tarry, slightly raisined edge to the finish, but the structure and heady fruit take an encore, boding well for cellaring, though you may always wrestle with the tannins. Best from 2008 through 2017.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2004 cote rotie GUIGAL "BRUNE & BLONDE DE GUIGAL"
      International Wine Cellar (2008): 92-94 points

      Ruby-red. Cherry-cola and raspberry preserves on the nose, with zesty minerality adding vivacity. Brisk, sharply focused red fruit flavors are braced by lively acidity, picking up silky tannins on the finish. In the elegant style of the year.

    • Wine Spectator

      2004 cote rotie GUIGAL "BRUNE & BLONDE DE GUIGAL"
      Wine Spectator (2008): 91 points

      This is rather gutsy for a 2004, with notes of beef, dark olive and tobacco holding sway over the dark cherry and currant core. The smoky finish shows lots of tobacco and olive notes. Drink now through 2020.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2006 condrieu GUIGAL "LA DORIANE"
      International Wine Cellar (2008): 92 points

      Yellow-gold. Deep, smoky and ripe on the nose, with powerful peach, ginger and citrus pith aromas. Smoky orchard fruit and citrus flavors are impressively concentrated and complemented by toasty vanillin oak and exotic spices. Finishes long and sappy, with a lingering licorice quality. A fleshy, dense midweight with major fruit concentration, but I imagine that some will be bothered by the oak element.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 condrieu GUIGAL "LA DORIANE"
      The Wine Advocate (2008): 94 points

      The brilliant 2005 Condrieu La Doriane (aged in 100% new oak) boasts a classic Condrieu nose of buttered almonds, marzipan, lychee nuts, white peaches, and tropical fruits presented in a full-bodied, unctuous format with excellent acidity, depth, and earthiness. It should drink well for several years.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2005 condrieu GUIGAL "LA DORIANE"
      International Wine Cellar (2007): 91 points

      Light gold. Explosively aromatic nose offers a complex array of citrus and spice scents, notably tangerine, blood orange and nutmeg. Sappy and concentrated, showing great depth to the sweet but energetic citrus flavors. Really expands on the palate, with riper peach and nectarine flavors building through a strikingly long, elegant finish. "We're after finesse and expression without heaviness here." explains Guigal, who points out that this was raised in 100% new oak. "You can't see it, can you?" he asked. Nope.

    • Wine Spectator

      2005 condrieu GUIGAL "LA DORIANE"
      Wine Spectator (2006): 93 points

      Concentrated, with focused almond, acacia, mango and dried pineapple flavors. Nice cut to the finish, with lingering anise notes that really open up in the glass. Great mouthfeel.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2004 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL "VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE"
      The Wine Advocate (2008): 93 points

      Guigal’s 2004 St.-Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice possesses a dense purple color in addition to a beautiful bouquet of truffles, graphite, creme de cassis, incense, and spice, gorgeously pure fruit, medium to full body, sensational density, and an uncanny elegance and seamlessness. This stunning effort is a huge success for 2004.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2004 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL "VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE"
      International Wine Cellar (2007): 93 points

      Deep ruby. Remarkably powerful cherry, licorice and violet aromas, with a deeper impression of cassis coming up with air. Thick, weighty and sweet; liqueur-like flavors of spicy cherry and blackberry are complicated by suggestions of game and espresso. Remarkably concentrated and sweet on the finish, which displays superb focus and length.

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      2004 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL "VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE"
      Wine Spectator (2007): 93 points

      Ripe for the vintage, with bacon and sweet toast aromas leading the way for supple black cherry and currant fruit. The lush, incense-filled finish gains steam and power. A gorgeous, alluring style.

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      2005 condrieu GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2007): 91 points

      Light gold. Vibrant, expansive bouquet of pit fruits, tangerine and white flowers. Racy, focused and clean, with bright pear and white peach flavors, juicy acidity and a very long, refreshing finish. "We make so much Condrieu that we must make sure that this is a classic example," says Philippe Guigal.

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      2005 condrieu GUIGAL
      Wine Spectator (2006): 91 points

      Concentrated, almost muscular, but stays bright, with lots of almond, anise, peach and mineral flavors that pump through the finish.

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      2003 chateauneuf du pape (rouge) GUIGAL
      International Wine Cellar (2007): 89 points

      Deep red. Very ripe nose offers intense red berry aromas and distinctly meaty, musky garrigue accents. Very rich and deep, with powerful, jammy raspberry and cherry flavors, dusty tannins and a long, chocolatey finish. Picks up some exotic spice notes on the back, which add vivacity to this chewy, somewhat brooding animal.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2003 chateauneuf du pape (rouge) GUIGAL
      The Wine Advocate (2006): 90 points

      The 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape possesses a deep ruby/purple color as well as a sweet nose of new saddle leather, garrigue, pepper, kirsch, and blackberries. Dense, full-bodied, and tasty, it is best drunk during its first decade of life.

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      2003 cote rotie GUIGAL "BRUNE & BLONDE DE GUIGAL"
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 93 points

      The 2003 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde is probably the finest cuvee of regular Cote Rotie that Guigal has produced since 1999 or 1991. Stunningly rich, it offers a beautiful, sweet nose of cassis, mocha, espresso, bacon fat, black olives, and underbrush. Some smoked meat notes also make an appearance in this rich, lush, opulent wine. This is a beauty.

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      2003 cote rotie GUIGAL "BRUNE & BLONDE DE GUIGAL"
      International Wine Cellar (2007): 92 points

      Deep, inky ruby. Powerful, superripe aromas of kirsch, blackcurrant and chocolate, complemented by exotic spices and licorice. Rich, creamy and dense, with sweet red and dark fruit flavors framed by chewy tannins. The sweetness builds on the finish, which features a late-arriving note of floral pastille.

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      2003 cote rotie GUIGAL "BRUNE & BLONDE DE GUIGAL"
      Wine Spectator (2007): 92 points

      Still tight, but this has a solid core of muscular fig paste, currant, tobacco, black olive and iron notes, followed by a long, well-structured finish. Shows the heat of the vintage, but isn't roasted. Best from 2008 through 2015.

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      2004 condrieu GUIGAL "LA DORIANE"
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 94 points

      Looking back at what was a truly profound vintage for Condrieu, both of Guigal’s cuvees of 2004 are still going strong, and still revealing wonderful aromatics and flavor intensity. No doubt this vintage, which also had high acidity, much like 2005, has added a dimension of limited longevity to Condrieu that it rarely possesses. Almost as good as the magnificent 2005, the 2004 Condrieu La Doriane is showing even better this year than it did last. This wine, which is 100% barrel-fermented and aged on its lees with routine batonnage, has exceptionally intense notes of litchi, almonds, marzipan, and honeyed tropical fruits in a full-bodied, unctuous style that is buttressed by tremendous acidity. This is an amazing example of Condrieu year in and year out.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2004 condrieu GUIGAL "LA DORIANE"
      International Wine Cellar (2006): 93 points

      Bright, pale gold color. Ripe and marrowy/meaty on the nose, with strong notes of peach melba, poached pear, licorice and dried rose. Dense and weighty, with strong peach flavors building and deepening, and a pronounced mineral quality emerging on the finish. A high-extract, luscious Condrieu with impressive structure and precision.

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      2003 cote rotie GUIGAL "LA LANDONNE"
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 100 points

      Dense purple to the rim with a nose of graphite, creosote, earth, olives, and black, black, black fruits, the primordial, full-bodied, monumental 2003 Cote Rotie La Landonne is amazing stuff. I suspect this is more akin to a dry vintage port than most Cote Roties ever tend to be, but the purity, the richness, the texture, the length are all out of this world. This wine does need some patience on the part of its purchasers, probably five years, more likely 8-10, but then one of the world’s most compelling elixirs will be at its peak for another 20-30+ years.

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      2003 cote rotie GUIGAL "LA LANDONNE"
      International Wine Cellar (2007): 95-96 points

      Ruby-red. Powerful, brooding blackberry and creme de cassis aromas are further deepened by suggestions of dark chocolate, espresso and tar. Huge, mouthfilling and sweet, with an amazingly dense texture and superconcentrated kirsch and blackcurrant flavors complemented by baking spices and smoked meat. The impressively long finish shows great depth and powerful tannic spine. Hands off this monster for a long, long time.

    • Wine Spectator

      2003 cote rotie GUIGAL "LA LANDONNE"
      Wine Spectator (2007): 98 points

      Plush and smoky, with loads of flesh carrying black olive, fig, tobacco, currant and game notes. The broad, powerful finish shows a very roasted quality, with dark, smoky bacon and fig notes and an exotic hint of spice. This is a huge wine that only shows bits of what it will eventually offer. Best from 2010 through 2030.

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      2003 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL "VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE"
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 96 points

      The awesome 2003 St.-Joseph Vignes des Hospices came in at 15% natural alcohol, which is easily disguised by the inky purple color along with the nose of graphite, scorched earth, blackberry, cassis, and hints of raspberry, violets, and truffle. Remarkably full-bodied, but at the same time light on its feet with an elegance and finesse that are almost eerie for a wine of this enormous weight and richness, this is a legendary wine made from yields that were 60% lower than usual! It should evolve for 20-30+ years.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2003 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL "VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE"
      International Wine Cellar (2006): 92-94 points

      Inky, saturated violet color. Cherry and minerals dominate the nose, with pungent notes of violet, meat and iron. Densely packed and chewy, with the strong cherry and mineral elements joined by suggestions of bitter chocolate and espresso. I'd have identified this as a Graves wine if it had been served blind. Concentrated, sweet and long on the finish, hinting at gingerbread and raw meat. This 2.3-hectare site, directly across the Rhone from Hermitage Les Bessards and created at the same time, is pure granite. Effectively, notes Philippe, this is a single geographic formation, 60% of which is in Hermitage, 20% under the river and the other 20% in Saint-Joseph.

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      2003 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL "VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE"
      Wine Spectator (2006): 95 points

      Lots of sweet spice and mocha-infused toast, but also plenty of black currant, fig, game, bacon and briar. Long, velvety, exotic finish drips with fruit, but has great underlying, iron-fisted grip. Combines tremendous power and finesse. Drink now through 2020. 200 cases made.

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      2003 cote rotie GUIGAL CHATEAU D'AMPUIS
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 96+ points

      A wine worth filling up the trunk of the car with is the 2003 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis. This is staggering wine and as profound as most of the single vineyard Cote Roties are in some other vintages. The wine has a deep ruby/purple color and an extraordinary nose of smoky bacon fat and roasted meats, tapenade, black raspberry, cherry, and cassis. The intense aromatics are followed by equally thick, unctuous flavors with huge body, a voluptuous texture, and yet wonderful freshness, purity, and length. This is an amazing wine made from a remarkable blend of some of the best parcels in Cote Rotie – La Garde, La Clos, Grande Plantee, Pommiere, Pavillon Rouge, and Le Moulin. This wine should evolve for 20 or more years, but will never be undrinkable.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2003 cote rotie GUIGAL CHATEAU D'AMPUIS
      International Wine Cellar (2007): 92 points

      Deep ruby. Fresh raspberry and boysenberry aromas complicated by floral and roasted herb accents. Silky in texture, with deep, jammy dark fruit flavors and subtle bracing acidity. Impressively fresh for the vintage, finishing sweet and very long.

    • Wine Spectator

      2003 cote rotie GUIGAL CHATEAU D'AMPUIS
      Wine Spectator (2007): 94 points

      Even though there's loads of fig, mocha and spice up front, this is really holding back, with a dense core of tar, black licorice, espresso and bittersweet cocoa held in check by some serious grip. The minerality is also there, and this should blossom in the cellar. Best from 2009 through 2018.

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      2003 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BLONDE "LA MOULINE"
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 100 points

      The 2003 Cote Rotie La Mouline is by far the most delicate and elegant wine (11% Viognier is co-fermented with 89% Syrah). but the enormous aromatics of spring flowers intermixed with creme de cassis, black raspberry, mocha, caramel, and cola, and enormous full-bodied opulence and striking velvety, seamless texture make for one of the most memorable wines anyone could every drink. This wine should age effortlessly for 25-30 or more years.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2003 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BLONDE "LA MOULINE"
      International Wine Cellar (2007): 96-97 points

      Saturated ruby. Superripe dark berry and cherry aromas, with an intense violet accent and a hint of minerals. Remarkably dense and packed with cherry and dark berry flavors, but with an energetic lift of acidity arriving on the back. Gets sweeter with air, taking on wild strawberry and raspberry qualities. Finishes with fine, dusty tannins and a fresh kick of raspberry. These 2003s are slated to be bottled in February of 2007.

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      2003 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BLONDE "LA MOULINE"
      Wine Spectator (2007): 99 points

      Racy and defined, with a torrent of pure red currant and raspberry ganache that pours out from the core, around which a mouthwatering mineral note swirls. Has a terrific spine, with iron and spice notes mingling with the endless stream of raspberry fruit. Purer than the La Landonne and the La Turque in 2003, without the vintage's extra roasted power. A really stunning display of fruit and precision. Drink now through 2030.

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      2003 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BRUNE "LA TURQUE"
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 100 points

      A pure aromatic smorgasbord is offered by the 2003 Cote Rotie La Turque, which has an amazing aromatic profile of espresso coffee interwoven with scorched earth, tar, truffle, incense, blackberry, bacon fat, and flowers. Powerful, thick flavors ooze across the palate with a viscous texture, amazing purity, and just enough acidity and tannin to give uplift and precision to this remarkable tour de force in winemaking. Of the 2003s, this is also approachable, but ideally 2-5 years of cellaring would be suggested, and the wine will evolve for at least 30 more years.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2003 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BRUNE "LA TURQUE"
      International Wine Cellar (2007): 94-95 points

      Inky purple. Vibrant, floral, remarkably deep cherry and spiced plum aromas. Lush and sweet, with an oily texture and an impressively deep kirsch quality complicated by an exotic violet pastille tone. Finishes sweet and very long, with very good lift and a lingering cherry note.

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      2003 cote rotie GUIGAL COTE BRUNE "LA TURQUE"
      Wine Spectator (2007): 98 points

      Incredibly dense and concentrated, with a polished layer of mocha-infused toast pushed by blackberry, black currant, black tea and dark olive flavors. This has tremendous power, but is also very suave, with sweet, exotic fruit notes that linger endlessly on the long, fleshy finish. Best from 2010 through 2030.

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      2004 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 91-93 points

      Guigal wasn’t sure whether he would declassify the cuvee that is still officially the 2004 Hermitage Ex-Voto. The wine has a dense ruby/purple color, peppery, cassis notes intermixed with some crushed rock, acacia flower, and spice. It is rich, medium to full-bodied, but I suspect Guigal is leaning toward blending it into the regular Hermitage prior to bottling.

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      2004 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 91-93 points

      Guigal is not sure whether there will be a 2004 Hermitage Ex-Voto blanc, but we did taste several barrels that may or may not be declassified into the regular Hermitage depending on how they evolve. It is a richer wine, intense, with hints of quince, pears, honeysuckle, and perhaps even white currants and flowers, but I get the distinct impression that Guigal will end up declassifying this into the regular Hermitage prior to bottling.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2003 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      International Wine Cellar (2007): 96 points

      Medium gold. Incredibly complex bouquet of yellow plum, dried apricot, peach, floral honey, yellow Chartreuse, blonde tobacco and anise (among other things). Deeply concentrated and almost surreal in its expression of honeyed, ripe and dried fruits; its sappy, clinging texture; and its powerful impression of extract. The endless finish is surprisingly bright, with no tiring or cloying qualities. This should be served in homeopathic doses, such is its intensity and depth of flavor.

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      2003 hermitage (blanc) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      Wine Spectator (2007): 96 points

      Shows the power of the vintage, with thickly layered flavors of dried tropical fruit, plus hints of date, candied citrus peel, paraffin, buttered brioche and bitter almond. The finish is long and structured. This will need some time to resolve itself fully.

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      2003 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      International Wine Cellar (2007): 96-97 points

      Opaque dark ruby. Incredibly rich, deep and pungent on the nose, offering an outsized bouquet of kirsch, blackberry, cassis and musky cured tobacco. I commented that this smelled like a great port and Guigal, who clearly adores this wine, said "Well, 1945 Taylor is a wine I'd walk miles for." Powerful, deeply concentrated and sweet, with explosive cherry, plum and dark berry flavors, notes of bitter chocolate and exotic spices, and molten tannins. I'm not sure how you'd serve this monster (15.5% alcohol) but it sure is fun to drink.

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      2003 hermitage (rouge) GUIGAL ERMITAGE EX VOTO
      Wine Spectator (2007): 97 points

      Exotic, with a gorgeous, mocha-infused fig aroma and rich, flashy flavors of spice, blackberry confiture and licorice. Additional notes of spice cake, incense and loam fill out the finish. This is loaded with structure, but the tannins are silky. A beauty. Drink now through 2027.

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      2005 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      International Wine Cellar (2007): 91 points

      Yellow-gold. Intense oak spice (this was aged in all new oak) accents peach and pear on the nose. Ripe peach flavor complicated but not overwhelmed by strong spice notes of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. This has both concentration and energy, and finishes juicy and quite long.

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      2005 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      Wine Spectator (2007): 90 points

      Ripe and forward, showing lots of melon, creamed peach, macadamia nut and almond flavors, with a big, juicy finish. Yet the framework is solid, with good grip on the finish.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2004 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 91 points

      Absolutely sensational, the 2004 St.-Joseph Lieu-Dit St.-Joseph blanc is stunningly rich with flowery honeysuckle notes intermingled with orange marmalade, crushed rocks, and some buttered citrus. This is a beauty, full-bodied with terrific underlying acidity and a long finish that is totally dry. This is sensational stuff that should drink nicely for 5-6 years, possibly longer.

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      2004 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      International Wine Cellar (2006): 91 points

      Light gold color. Aromas of ripe pear, apple and yellow plum, with a suggestion of honey adding depth. Velvety and round but also quite firm, with focused orchard fruit flavors accented by minerals and anise. This has weight on the back but also striking grip, as well as notes of graphite and iron that reminded me of a red wine. Philippe believes that this will develop in bottle for eight to ten years.

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      2004 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      Wine Spectator (2006): 91 points

      Plump, with ripe peach, fig and pear tartine flavors, backed by almond and toast on the creamy finish. Nice length and depth, with a minerally streak extending the finish.

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      2003 condrieu GUIGAL "LA DORIANE"
      International Wine Cellar (2005): 93 points

      Much more fruit-driven aromas of peach, apricot and ginger, with the oak serving to lift the fruit. Suave, spicy and penetrating, conveying an even drier impression than the regular Condrieu. This has serious, densely packed fruit flavors of pineapple and apricot, lifted by a floral element. Not particularly oily, especially in the context of the vintage, and very different in style from the regular bottling) more sharply delineated and penetrating. "This was too big for the cask," noted Philippe, who told me that this cuvee also reached 15% alcohol in vintages 2000 and 1998.

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      2003 condrieu GUIGAL "LA DORIANE"
      Wine Spectator (2005): 91 points

      Performs Condrieu's unique trick—delivers lots of showy floral, peach, melon, mango and fig notes along with a long, creamy, smoky finish that manages to avoid being blowsy. Beautiful.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2003 condrieu GUIGAL "LA DORIANE"
      The Wine Advocate (2004): 96 points

      There is only half the normal production of the Condrieu La Doriane (100% barrel-fermented and aged on its lees with routine batonnage) in 2003 because of the vintage’s absurdly low yields. What is in the bottle, however, is spectacular. An exotic, flamboyant white, it boasts marvelous concentration, huge fruit, and a fragrant perfume of smoke, honeysuckle, and confiture of white currants.

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      2003 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      International Wine Cellar (2005): 89 points

      Medium yellow-gold. Exotic aromas of apricot, pineapple, nuts, marzipan, honey and licorice. Then rich, ripe, fat and full, with flavors of white plum, clove and licorice. Quite persistent on the back end, with a dominant flavor of licorice.

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      2003 saint joseph (blanc) GUIGAL, LIEU DIT
      The Wine Advocate (2004): 90-93 points

      Even better than the regular bottling is the exceptional licorice, currant, and quince-flavored 2003 St.-Joseph Lieu-Dit St.-Joseph. This full-bodied, opulent, intensely concentrated, dry white boasts abundant glycerin, alcohol, and marmalade/honeysuckle notes.

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      3695 saint joseph (rouge) GUIGAL "VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE"
      Wine Spectator (2003): 95 points

      Lots of sweet spice and mocha-infused toast, but also plenty of black currant, fig, game, bacon and briar. Long, velvety, exotic finish drips with fruit, but has great underlying, iron-fisted grip. Combines tremendous power and finesse.