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Professional Ratings: 93 The Wine Advocate, 92 Wine Spectator, 91 International Wine Cellar, 90 Wine & Spirits
Region: Condrieu, Rhone, France
Style: Rich & Creamy
Alcohol By Volume: 14%
Item no. 114048
Brilliant, clear golden yellow. On the nose, it is intensely flowery with violets, and fruity with aprocot, peaches and citrus. The palate is fresh and round; rich, unctuous and full-bodied. Overall, it is harmonious with light acidity and round, fleshy fruits. Delicate and elegant.
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.
A broad, friendly style, with lots of toasted almond, brioche, creamed pear and fig notes that glide through the ripe, creamy finish.
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.
Textbook Condrieu, this hits all the touchstones—peaches, honeysuckle, stones—with grace. While the wine feels almost unctuous in texture, the flavors remain light and clean, buoyed by a fine, firm acidity. For monkfish in brown butter.