E. Guigal Rhone Valley Tasting Seminar!

13 Feb E. Guigal Rhone Valley Tasting Seminar!

Guigal Tasting w/ Patrick Will of Vintus Imports

Wedensday, February 17th, 6 P.M.

$25 per person (Refundable w/ purchase)Guigal Vineyards

Patrick Will, Vice President of Vintus Wines, and the original importer of E. Guigal will host a formal, sit down seminar on the Northern Rhone through the prism of the Guigal portfolio on Wednesday February 17th from 6-7:30 pm. Patrick teaches this seminar to aspiring Sommeliers and young chefs at the Culinary Institute of America in both Napa and New York. In addition to the appellation wines, we will explore some of the famous “Tresor” bottlings from Guigal.

Wines will be as follows for Wednesday’s tasting.
Please call 314.863.6282 for reservations

2012 E. Guigal St. Joseph Blanc
On Sale $29.99
(95% marsanne and 5% roussanne): Vivid yellow. Ripe white peach, Meyer lemon, chamomile and a leesy nuance on the nose. Round and plush but dry and incisive too, offering vibrant pit and orchard fruit flavors and a hint of bitter citrus pith. Finishes on a zesty mineral note, with very good clarity and spicy persistence. The blend of richness and energy here makes this wine very flexible with a range of foods.
91 Points, Vinous Media

2012 E. Guigal St. Joseph Rouge
On Sale $29.99
As good, if not better, than the 2011, the 2012 Saint Joseph has lots of ripeness in its sexy black fruits, chocolate, vanilla and smoked meat aromas and flavors. I suspect that by the time this sees the inside of a bottle, the oak will have integrated and it will show a more classic profile. Medium to full-bodied, textured and nicely concentrated, it too will have a decade or more prime drinking.
90-92 Points, The Wine Advocate

2011 E. Guigal Crozes Hermitage Rouge
On Sale $25.99
(sourced almost entirely from the granitic soils in the north of the appellation, with 10% coming from Chassis in the southern sector): Vivid ruby. Textbook Syrah aromas of smoky dark berries, violet, licorice and bacon fat, with a peppery note adding vivacity. Chewy and broad on the palate, offering spicy blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of menthol. A dark chocolate quality emerges on the persistent finish, which is given grip by youthful tannins.
91 Points, Vinous Media

2011 E. Guigal Hermitage Blanc
On Sale $59.99
(all of the Ex-Voto juice went into this bottling in this vintage; 95% marsanne and 5% roussanne): Light yellow-gold. Intensely perfumed aromas of nectarine, poached pear, anise and chamomile, with a bright mineral overtone. Deep, sappy and tightly focused, offering powerful orchard and pit fruit flavors braced and lifted by a jolt of juicy acidity. Smoothly blends richness and vivacity, finishing with excellent clarity, thrust and mineral-driven persistence.
92 Points, Vinous Media

2009 E. Guigal Hermitage Rouge
On Sale $65.99
A big, massive and rich effort that needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years, the inky colored 2009 Hermitage reveals terrific aromatics of cassis, blackberry, smoked herbs, graphite and seared meats. Full-bodied, concentrated, locked and loaded, it’s another 30+ year wine from this team that readers should purchase by the case.
93+ Points, The Wine Advocate

2014 E. Guigal Condrieu La Doriane
On Sale $122.99
Since the 1998 vintage La Doriane is fermented and aged in 100% new oak barriques each year, with a higher level of fine lees included in the fermenting must to help the wine integrate the oak character more completely. A great success since the first vintage, the wine always seems richly oaked and very fruity when young, transforming in 3-4 years into a seamlessly complex, aromatic and vibrant wine. La Doriane contradicts the accepted wisdom that Condrieu does not age well.
Winemaker’s Notes

2010 E. Guigal Côte Rôtie “Brune et Blonde”
On Sale $59.99
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.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate

Guigal Ampuis2007 E. Guigal St. Joseph “Vignes de L’Hospice”
On Sale $99.99
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.
94 Points, The Wine Advocate

2011 E. Guigal Côte Rôtie Château D’Ampuis
On Sale $149.99
Open, voluptuous and ready to go (especially when compared to the 2010), the 2011 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis has stellar notes of cassis, vanilla bean, toasted spice and dried flowers to go with a full-bodied, sexy, seamless profile on the palate. Drink this beauty while you wait on your 2009s and 2010s.
94 Points, The Wine Advocate

2010 E. Guigal Chateauneuf du Pape
On Sale $46.99
A stunning effort and showing the class of the vintage, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is comprised of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre that spent 24 months in foudre prior to bottling. Rich, textured and medium to full-bodied, with ample black cherry, olive tapenade and subtle meatiness, this traditional effort stays pure and lively, with fine tannin emerging on the finish. It can be consumed now or cellared for over a decade.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate