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E. Guigal

Ermitage Ex Voto Rouge 2013

Hermitage

Ermitage Ex-Voto represents the fulfillment of a longtime dream of Marcel Guigal’s to own vineyard land on the hill of Hermitage. Through the purchase of the de Vallouit and J. L. Grippat domaines in 2000, Guigal acquired four exceptional vineyard parcels on this legendary site. The 2001 vintage was the first release of this estate-bottled Hermitage red and white. The quality of the intense old-vine fruit is quite special, but given the Guigal’s already strong work in Hermitage, they decided to only release an Ex-Voto red or white when the wine is utterly exceptional and clearly superior to their appellation bottlings.

Wine Spectator "This is intense, as dense ganache, espresso, roasted juniper and alder notes form an impressive frame around an equally ornate core of steeped fig, blackberry and black currant fruit flavors,…

Wine Advocate “The 2013 Hermitage Ex Voto is a great effort given the vintage. It shows all the classic elements of the appellation, from complex notes of leather, meat and spice to…

Related Materials: E. Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Rouge 2013 Tech Sheet (94 WA)

E. Guigal

Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2015

Hermitage

Ermitage Ex-Voto represents the fulfillment of a longtime dream of Marcel Guigal’s to own vineyard land on the hill of Hermitage. Through the purchase of the de Vallouit and J. L. Grippat domaines in 2000, Guigal acquired four exceptional vineyard parcels on this legendary site. The 2001 vintage was the first release of this estate-bottled Hermitage red and white. The quality of the intense old-vine fruit is quite special, but given the Guigal’s already strong work in Hermitage, they decided to only release an Ex-Voto red or white when the wine is utterly exceptional and clearly superior to their appellation bottlings.

Vinous Media "Limpid yellow-gold. Smoke- and mineral-tinged orchard and pit fruit and honey aromas show outstanding clarity, and a sexy floral element emerges slowly. Intense, palate-staining pear, peach nectar and tangerine flavors…

Wine Spectator "Features a gorgeous brioche frame around the creamed pear, yellow apple, quince and white peach flavors, with glistening verbena, honeysuckle and green almond notes on the finish. Showy and beautiful.…

Jeb Dunnuck “The 2015 Hermitage Ex Voto Blanc is certainly in the same league as the 2009 and 2010, and it’s going to be interesting to compare these vintages over the coming…

Related Materials: E. Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2015 Tech Sheet (100 JD)

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru “Les Terres Blanches” 2016

Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru “Les Terres Blanches”

Les Terres Blanches is a 2.4 acre vineyard in the steepest area of Nuits-St.-Georges, and not far from the top Nuits-St.-Georges vineyards of Les Vaucrains and Les Saint-Georges. There are few producers in this small vineyard, and this very rare Nuits-St.-George white proves intriguing for its Nuits-St.-Georges character in spite of its variety and color.

Vinous Media “Bright, light yellow. Pungent aromas of lemon drop, crushed rock and Chartreuse herbs. Moderately dense but quite energetic, conveying an impression of firm acidity and pronounced minerality (“this very cool,…

E. Guigal

Saint-Joseph Lieu Dit Rouge 2017

Saint-Joseph

A result of its quality, Guigal’s Saint-Joseph Lieu Dit Rouge comes from the “Saint-Joseph” vineyard that gives the appellation its name. This site convinced the Guigals to work in Saint-Joseph and help to restore the historic perception of Saint-Joseph as an appellation of utmost quality. The 100% Syrah wine has complex and deep black fruit, floral, spice and mineral characteristics. Despite its concentration and powerful attack, the wine retains the trademark elegance that Saint-Joseph offers.

Jeb Dunnuck (95+) "Coming from the namesake vineyard of the appellation just south of Tournon, it reveals a dense purple color as well as a primordial bouquet of smoked black fruits, bacon fat,…

Wine Spectator “An extroverted style, with a rush of boldly ripe plum and blackberry compote flavors that are round and inviting in feel, laced with dark licorice and fruitcake and ending with…

Vinous Media “Inky magenta. Heady, mineral- and oak-tinged blue fruit, potpourri, cola and olive aromas are given a spicy edge by a hint of cracked pepper. Impressively concentrated yet vibrant in character,…

E. Guigal

Saint-Joseph Lieu Dit Rouge 2016

Saint-Joseph

A result of its quality, Guigal’s Saint-Joseph Lieu Dit Rouge comes from the “Saint-Joseph” vineyard that gives the appellation its name. This site convinced the Guigals to work in Saint-Joseph and help to restore the historic perception of Saint-Joseph as an appellation of utmost quality. The 100% Syrah wine has complex and deep black fruit, floral, spice and mineral characteristics. Despite its concentration and powerful attack, the wine retains the trademark elegance that Saint-Joseph offers.

Wine Spectator "Warm in feel, with a velvety display of enticing plum sauce and cherry preserve notes that meld with ganache, melted licorice and mesquite flavors through the slightly exotic finish. Stays…

James Suckling "A bold, brassy nose with so much licorice, graphite and cedary oak, linked by red plums and blueberries. The palate has a band of ripe, smooth and supple fruit with…

Vinous Media “Bright purple. Powerful black/blue fruit, incense, exotic spice, olive and peony scents show excellent clarity and pick up a smoky mineral note as the wine stretches out. Sweet, seamless and…

E. Guigal

Saint-Joseph Lieu Dit Rouge 2015

Saint-Joseph

A result of its quality, Guigal’s Saint-Joseph Lieu Dit Rouge comes from the “Saint-Joseph” vineyard that gives the appellation its name. This site convinced the Guigals to work in Saint-Joseph and help to restore the historic perception of Saint-Joseph as an appellation of utmost quality. The 100% Syrah wine has complex and deep black fruit, floral, spice and mineral characteristics. Despite its concentration and powerful attack, the wine retains the trademark elegance that Saint-Joseph offers.

Jeb Dunnuck “The 2015 Saint Joseph Lieu Dit Saint Joseph boasts a huge nose of black raspberry and cassis fruit intermixed with lots of spice, roasted meats, pepper, and herbs. Thick, unctuous…

Related Materials: E. Guigal Saint-Joseph Lieu-Dit Rouge 2015 Tech Sheet (94 JD)

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Chablis 1er Cru “Montmains” 2016

Chablis 1er Cru “Montmains”

Vinous Media “Pungent herbs, lemon zest and marzipan on the nose. Superb intensity and inner-mouth lift to the flavors of green apple, green flowers and green melon. Juicy, concentrated, sappy and very…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Corton Renardes Grand Cru 2016

Corton Renardes Grand Cru

Corton Renardes displays the sweet side of Corton, as opposed to Corton Bressandes. It has more viscosity, more tannin, color and sweetness than Bressandes. It is both an easier wine to understand that Corton Bresandes, and more immediately attractive.

Vinous Media “Bright ruby-red color. Distinctly wild aromas and flavors of black raspberry, game birds and animal fur. Plush, dense and fine-grained, showing more early personality than the Bressandes despite the fact…

Burghound “Reduction rules the fruit today. Otherwise there is an intense minerality that suffuses the powerful and extract-rich broad-shouldered flavors that are muscular and overtly rustic before terminating in a focused,…

E. Guigal

Saint Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice 2017

Saint-Joseph

Guigal’s Vignes de l’Hospice is one of the finest sites in the Northern Rhone Valley. This steeply terraced vineyard used to be divided into three, but Guigal now owns majority of this parcel in order to restore perception of Saint-Joseph as an appellation of utmost quality. In fact, Guigal is often asked when they will produce a fourth “LaLa,” and their response is that their fourth single vineyard phenomenon of the Northern Rhone is already being produced: the Vignes de l’Hospice.

Wine Spectator "A polished and toasty style, with vanilla bean and signed mesquite accents draped over a core of very substantial dark cherry and plum fruit. Fruitcake and licorice frame the finish,…

Jeb Dunnuck "I loved the 2017 Saint Joseph Vignes De L'Hospice from barrel and it doesn't disappoint from bottle. Revealing a deep ruby/plum color as well as spicy, exotic notes of crème…

E. Guigal

Saint Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice 2014

Saint-Joseph

Guigal’s Vignes de l’Hospice is one of the finest sites in the Northern Rhone Valley. This steeply terraced vineyard used to be divided into three, but Guigal now owns majority of this parcel in order to restore perception of Saint-Joseph as an appellation of utmost quality. In fact, Guigal is often asked when they will produce a fourth “LaLa,” and their response is that their fourth single vineyard phenomenon of the Northern Rhone is already being produced: the Vignes de l’Hospice.

Wine Spectator “Solid, with an alluring core of lightly steeped plum, anise, blackberry and boysenberry flavors that rolls through, picking up dark tea and warm fruitcake hints along the way. Shows a…

Related Materials: E. Guigal Saint-Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice 2014 Tech Sheet (94 WS)

E. Guigal

Saint Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice 2015

Saint-Joseph

Guigal’s Vignes de l’Hospice is one of the finest sites in the Northern Rhone Valley. This steeply terraced vineyard used to be divided into three, but Guigal now owns majority of this parcel in order to restore perception of Saint-Joseph as an appellation of utmost quality. In fact, Guigal is often asked when they will produce a fourth “LaLa,” and their response is that their fourth single vineyard phenomenon of the Northern Rhone is already being produced: the Vignes de l’Hospice.

Jeb Dunnuck "I was able to taste three vintages of the Vignes de Hospice. This cuvée comes from a cooler, east-facing, incredibly gorgeous vineyard located just above the town of Tournon. The…

Related Materials: E. Guigal Saint-Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice 2015 Tech Sheet

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Corton Bressandes Grand Cru 2016

Corton Bressandes Grand Cru

Vinous Media “Bright, full red. Very ripe aromas of plum, raspberry, strawberry and smoky minerality. Plush and fine-grained, with fresh red fruit flavors complemented by deeper saline and soil tones. The wine’s…

Burghound “A pure, super-fresh and airy nose is comprised by the essence of red currant that is liberally laced with notes earth, spice, violet and a hint of lavender. The bigger,…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Beaune 1er Cru “Le Clos des Mouches” Rouge 2016

Beaune 1er Cru “Le Clos des Mouches” Rouge

Burghound “A discreet touch of wood sets off the pretty and well-layered aromas of both red and dark pinot, floral and lovely spice elements. The suave, rich and caressing medium-bodied flavors…

Vinous Media “Healthy medium-deep red. Expressive aromas of red and black cherry and flowers convey the site’s high altitude. Juicy and sharply delineated, with its medicinal flavors of black cherry and bitter…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “Morgeot” Rouge 2016

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “Morgeot” Rouge

Vinous Media “Bright, dark red. Lively aromas of black raspberry, black cherry and violet. Distinctly dark in its flavors, with notes of cassis, black cherry, menthol and dark chocolate conveying a slightly…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Pommard 1er Cru “Les Epenots” 2016

Pommard 1er Cru “Les Epenots”

The commune of Pommard lies on a slope descending from Beaune, to the north, to Volnay, to the south. Of Pommard’s 832 acres of vineyards, 309 are ranked 1er Cru over 24 climats. Les Epenots is by far the largest of Pommard’s premiers crus, with 75.5 acres. The vineyard for Lucien Le Moine’s Les Epenots has a clay and humidic soil, down on the bottom of the hill. It is compact soil, with not a lot of drainage. The wines as a result are very tannic, and need time. Les Epenots is a very powerful Pommard, with a lot of depth and muscle, and plum and spice notes. It is, as Mounir says, almost Bordeaux-like.

Vinous Media “Deep medium ruby. Very ripe aromas of crème de cassis, black cherry and smoke. Fat, chewy wine with lovely depth and fullness to its black fruit flavors. Very ripe but…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Pommard 1er Cru “Les Grands Epenots” 2016

Pommard 1er Cru “Les Grands Epenots”

The 25 acre Les Grands Epenots vineyard is considered by some one of the very finest climats in Pommard. The fruit for Lucien Le Moine’s “Les Grands Epenots” comes from higher up in the vineyard leading to a classic and very fine expression. The vineyard is higher, it has better drainage, and there is more limestone, resulting in a wine that is both silkier and more easygoing than “Les Epenots.”

Burghound “Here too the super-fresh nose is expressive with a redder fruit profile that is laced with plenty of earth and spice along with a hint of wood. The more refined…

Vinous Media “Bright, dark red. Less purely black on the nose than the Epenots, showing enticing spicy lift to its raspberry and mint aromas. At once sweet and brisk in the mouth,…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Pommard 1er Cru “Les Rugiens” 2016

Pommard 1er Cru “Les Rugiens”

Burghound “A slightly riper yet still very fresh nose is more deeply pitched with its array of cassis, plum, black cherry and a whiff of the sauvage. There is a lovely…

Vinous Media “Bright ruby-red. Highly nuanced nose melds aromas of cherry, raspberry, flint and tobacco lifted by white pepper and rose petal; one feels the red soil influence here. Delivers a winning…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Volnay 1er Cru “Santenots” 2016

Volnay 1er Cru “Santenots”

The Santenots vineyard comprises about 56 acres. Down in Meursault, actually in the village of Meursault, Santenots is really planted on white wine soils. Sometimes you can even find the smokiness of Meursault in the wines. They are light and fruity wines, easily gliding through the palate because they don’t have firm structure.

Burghound “A very spicy nose reflects notes of plum, violet and Asian-style tea. There is fine concentration to the vibrant middle weight flavors possess both good intensity and minerality as well…

Vinous Media “Full, deep red; a bit less bright than the Clos des Chènes. Somewhat lower-toned on the nose, with aromas of raspberry, strawberry and Damson plum jam complemented by mellow soil…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Volnay 1er Cru Pitures Dessus 2016

Volnay 1er Cru Pitures Dessus

Vinous Media “Bright, dark red with ruby tones. Complex nose offers aromas of dark raspberry, black cherry and smoky soil, along with an element of sweet oak. Juicy and tight, but with…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Volnay 1er Cru “Clos des Chênes” 2016

Volnay 1er Cru “Clos des Chênes”

Clos des Chênes is a Premier cru site located at the southern end of Volnay. It is just up the hill from neighboring Les Caillerets, but is opposite in style: Clos des Chênes is typically a fuller wine than les Caillerets, with more body, tannins, depth and spice.

Wine Advocate (92+) “The 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes unwinds in the glass with a deep bouquet of cassis, plums, incense and smoked meats, framed by a generous application of spicy…

Burghound “A well-layered nose combines notes of red and dark currant, spice and a pretty hint of lavender. The denser, serious and more powerful big-bodied flavors brim with both dry extract…

Vinous Media “Dark red-ruby. More serious on the nose than the Pitures Dessus, with its currant, chocolate, menthol and oak aromas complicated by a mineral quality. Sappy and chewy on the palate,…