Wine & Spirits Magazine’s panel tasted blind 447 new-release Rhône Valley wines over the past year. In the February 2013 issue they released their top scoring wines. Among the favorites were a total of five Guigal wines, Condrieu La Doriane 2010, Condrieu 2010, Crozes-Hermitage 2009, Crozes-Hermitage 2007, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2006! You can see the scores and reviews below.
Condrieu La Doriane 2010- “This is an exceptional vintage of this cuvée, a wine pulled from three sites in Condrieu and aged in 100 percent new oak. The oak is evident but matched equally by the substantial peach, almond and citrus flavors the wine holds, a weight it manages effortlessly. It’s opulent and showy and as firm as stone, a Conrieu for the cellar.” 95 Points
Condrieu 2010- “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.” 90 Points
Crozes-Hermitage (Best Buy) 2009 “This is entirely savory, all toasted almond, mineral and salt, an austere Crozes that stands out for its steadfast flavor and firmness. Decant it for veal stew with mushrooms.” 90 Points
Crozes-Hermitage (Best Buy) 2007- “This starts out lush and black, a seductive syrah with floral notes on its plummy fruit. Then with ferrous tannins creep up, reddening the fruit and imbuing it with a steadfast firmness. It finishes rich and earthy, approachable now with time in a decanter and a leg of lamb if you don’t shoose to cellar it for another five or ten years.” 93 Points
Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2006- “Though already six years old, this Châteauneuf gives the impression of only beginning to come into its own. It starts off smelling like a peat fire, deeply smoky and earthy, and takes hours for the smoke to clear. Only then does the fruit come up, firm and red, held tight with a cool, hard acidity. It’s austere, stand-offish, a Châteauneuf to leave alone for another six years, or pair with boeuf bourguignon.” 92 Points