“Easily one of the Greatest Condrieu I’ve ever Tasted”
With 99 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate has made this one an easy choice, calling the 2015 E. Guigal “La Doriane” “easily one of the greatest Condrieu I’ve ever tasted,” a wine that “needs to be tasted to be believed.” But it gets better: released at $125, now only $99 per bottle — shipped direct from the cellars in the Northern Rhône to your door. Just 450 bottles available.
Only a handful of producers in Condrieu’s seven villages are making truly exceptional Viognier, the kind that Master of Wine Jancis Robinson was referencing when she wrote “the best Viognier has this heady characteristic scent that one feels envelops the glass and drinker in a cloud, together with real density and extract and, ideally, a dry finish.” At the top of the list is Philippe Guigal’s flamboyant, full-throttle “La Doriane” — the only Viognier to ever receive a perfect 100-point score from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
The Viognier grapes for “La Doriane” were harvested from vines averaging 35 years in age, growing on vertigo-inducing slopes rich in granitic shale and limestone deposits. If the soil deserves credit for its pronounced mineral vein, Guigal’s unconventional approach to aging “La Doriane” in 100% new French oak for an entire year delivers a remarkably complex, richly textured, and age-worthy white.
Philippe’s father, Marcel — whom Robert Parker called “the reigning genius in terms of the upbringing of his wines” — calls 2015 the best vintage of his lifetime. Parker’s Wine Advocate considers 2015 “a truly sensational vintage that should not be missed by any Rhône lover out there.” Wine Spectator chimed in further with a stunning 96-99 points for the vintage. Crowning it all is Guigal’s masterful 99-point jewel. Don’t miss it.