The 2019 vintage has marked the return of many wines that we have not offered quite some time, and once again, we have a brilliant new release from the masters of Cote-Rotie. Guigal is recognized as one of the greatest producers in the Northern Rhone, crafting some of the best wines Cote-Rotie has ever seen with sought-after holdings in La Landonne, La Mouline, and La Turque. Equally as good is their Condrieu, which is sourced from 5 different Viognier plots spread throughout the appellation, each from a unique soil type, and are said to be some of the most legendary parcels Guigal owns. The vines are on average 35 years old, hand-harvested, vinified and aged in new oak. It is truly one of the most incredible and consistent high-end white wines in France under 100 dollars, and this vintage looks to be fantastic, reminding Jeb of the stunning '15 version. We think more big scores are to follow suit and possibly raise the price, but for now, we have some sharp pricing on this great bottle that stands up to some of the best white wines in all of France.
Jeb Dunnuck 98 points! "The 2019 Condrieu La Doriane is another tremendous effort from this estate that does everything right. Reminding me slightly of the 2015 with its power and richness, it still has plenty of freshness in its apricot, ripe pineapple, honeyed marmalade, flowers, and cream aromas and flavors. Already complex and full-bodied, with good acidity and a fabulous finish, this is a quintessential expression of this cuvée and it’s hard to imagine how it would be any better. These always have the capacity to age, yet I find them most enjoyable with 6-12 months of bottle age and then over the following 3-5 years."