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Lucien Le Moine Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embrazées 2016

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Embrazées"

This vineyard lies on this Santenay end of the road that leads down from Chassagne to Santenay, widely considered the best area for white Chassagne. The wines here are racier and have more depth than most other white Chassagne.

Vinous Media “Aromas of pear, green apple, menthol, mint leaf and rosemary, complicated by warm southern herbs. Very rich, even opulent wine with noteworthy sucrosité and lowish acidity. This very tactile, smooth…

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Lucien Le Moine Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “La Grande Montagne” 2016

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “La Grande Montagne”

This tiny vineyard is located - as the name suggests - on the steep hillside of the same name just west of Chassagne-Montrachet. La Grande Montagne itself is the most southerly of the limestone hills which make up the Côte d’Or escarpment. It is located in the heart of the band of the best Chassagne 1er Crus at the top of the slope that includes Grandes Ruchottes, la Romanée and Caillerets.

Vinous Media “Pristine, welcoming aromas of citrus zest, white flowers, crushed rock and dusty herbs (“welcome to Chassagne,” says Saouma): A distinctly airy style owing to its energy and wild herb character…

E. Guigal

Saint-Joseph Blanc 2016

While the reds of Saint-Joseph are today one of the most exciting stories in the Rhone Valley, the minuscule production of whites, in the hands of the best producers, are absolutely thrilling and in a perhaps less extreme way than the other great whites of the region, namely in Hermitage and Condrieu. Get them while they're still affordable.

Jeb Dunnuck "The 2016 Saint Joseph Blanc offers terrific notes of white flowers, citrus, and orange blossom, with a medium-bodied, fresh, clean, nicely balanced style. Like all the 2016s here, it’s fresh,…

Related Materials: E. Guigal Saint-Joseph Blanc 2016 Tech Sheet (92 JD)

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Tavel 2017

Tavel

The Guigal family has been working for decades in Tavel, and today specifically works with 6 growers to produce the traditional style of rosé the region is known for - deep fruit, full of spice you find in the reds of the area, structured, and substantial enough to age. Thank goodness this appellation across the river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 100% dedicated to rosé, still produces wines of this full-bodied style!

Vinous Media "Brilliant orange. Pungent red currant, cherry pit and blood orange aromas, along with suggestions of potpourri and fennel. Chewy and energetic on the palate, offering intense red berry, bitter cherry…

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

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “Cailleret”

Chassagne-Montrachet Caillerets is defined by minerality. It is a very classy wine, with lots of dustiness. It’s the wine in Chassagne that you can’t totally pin down with an easy description, and that’s why some consider it a Grand Cru level. Minerality is the main point – little white stones, lots of limestone.

Burghound “Reduction presently dominates the underlying fruit. The notably finer and even more mineral-inflected flavors possess a lacy yet punchy mouth feel while exhibiting sneaky long finish that also flashes a…

Vinous Media “Aromas of apple, spices, marzipan and iodine convey a distinctly flinty minerality. Dense, thick and backward, with its lovely sucrosité buffered by sheer thickness of material. The wine’s mouthfilling opulence…

E. Guigal

Tavel 2016

Tavel

The Guigal family has been working for decades in Tavel, and today specifically works with 6 growers to produce the traditional style of rosé the region is known for - deep fruit, full of spice you find in the reds of the area, structured, and substantial enough to age. Thank goodness this appellation across the river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 100% dedicated to rosé, still produces wines of this full-bodied style!

Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media “Limpid orange. Vibrant, mineral-tinged aromas of red currant, raspberry, blood orange and pungent flowers show excellent delineation and minerally lift. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering concentrated red berry,…

Related Materials: E. Guigal Tavel 2016 Technical Sheet

Wine Advocate “It’s a full-bodied rosé, filled with notes of ripe berries and spice, but backed by notions of wet stones and white chocolate. It’s a terrific rosé for drinking over the…

Related Materials: E. Guigal Tavel 2016 Technical Sheet

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Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 2014

Côte-Rôtie

First planted by the Romans 2,500 years ago, La Mouline is the oldest and most famous vineyard of Cote-Rotie, and Guigal’s single vineyard bottling of La Mouline in the 1960s set off a quality revolution throughout the Rhone Valley. The stunning amphitheater is the most complex plot in Cote-Rotie due to its extremely steep slopes with expositions in every direction. Of the three famous “LaLas” that Guigal produces and are the most collectible wines of the Rhone Valley, La Mouline was the first and is the only one on the Cote Blonde, and its signature is an unbelievable exoticism, an irresistibly and unique lifted floral, black fruit, earthy, spicy perfume, its coiled power always in balance, seemingly endless.

Jeb Dunnuck "The 2014 Côte Rôtie La Mouline is up with the top wines in this more challenging vintage and has classy, elegant, and perfumed notes of spring flowers, black raspberries, spice,…

Wine Advocate "Floral aromas accent sturdy notes of grilled meat and almost delicate notes of red berries in the open, approachable 2014 Cote Rotie La Mouline. Medium to full-bodied, it shows great…

Related Materials: E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 2014 Tech Sheet (97 WA)

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Lucien Le Moine Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru “Les Folatières” 2016

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru “Les Folatières”

The Folatières climat lies near the summit of this slope, above Clos de la Garenne roughly midway between Meursault and Montrachet. It is the largest of Puligny’s premiers crus and is always sweet, has a lot of ripeness, showing apricot and other similar flavors. After 18-20 months the minerality comes out in the wine.

Vinous Media “Still a bit cloudy. A syrup of yellow fruits on the reticent nose (Saouma referred to Folatières as “the Condrieu of Burgundy”). At once thick, pure and dry, with strong…

E. Guigal

Côte-Rôtie La Turque 2014

Côte-Rôtie

Of the three famous single-vineyard “LaLas” that Guigal produces and are the most collectible wines of the Rhone Valley, La Turque is the newest. This vineyard produced outstanding wines in the first half of the 20th century, but then was not used for wine production for nearly 50 years. The Guigals acquired the vineyard and re-planted it in 1980 and 1981, based on Etienne Guigal’s memory of the quality of the wines it once produced. The first vintage appeared in 1985. In both position and style, it sits between La Mouline and La Landonne: the complex soils lend an exotic character to La Turque, and its concentration and elegance exhibit the virility of the Côte Brune with the subtlety and femininity of the Côte Blonde.

Wine Advocate “Now that it's in bottle, the 2014 Côte Rôtie La Turque has exceeded all of my earlier expectations. It's got those classic Côte Rôtie elements on the nose of smoked…

Related Materials: E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Turque 2014 Tech Sheet (98 WA)

Jeb Dunnuck "Moving to the La Turque releases, this cuvée comes from a tiny parcel in the Côte Brune lieu-dit and includes slightly less Viognier than the La Mouline, co-fermented with 7%…

Related Materials: E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Turque 2014 Tech Sheet (95 JD)

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Lucien Le Moine Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru “Champ Gain” 2016

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru “Champ Gain”

Champ Gains is high on the hill, and produces a wine in which a sense of dryness overshadows the sweet fruit - the sweetness that comes out is not an easy sweetness, and while you get apricot and other fruits on the palate, there is always a sense of dryness pulling them back.

Vinous Media “Bright yellow. Fascinating aromas of vineyard peach, fresh apricot and Chartreuse-like herbal infusion, plus a hint of kerosene. Very rich and fine-grained, with a captivating orange zest coolness accented by…

E. Guigal

Côte-Rôtie La Landonne 2014

Côte-Rôtie

One of the three “LaLa” wines that Guigal produces and are the most collectible wines of the Rhone Valley, La Landonne is a remarkable expression of terroir. And for good reason, La Landonne is situated on one of the steepest vineyards of the Côte Brune, a 45 degree slope that remarkably requires harvesters to start picking from the bottom of the vineyard and work their way up, placing grape bunches in bins that are set on sleds and dragged up the hill. Along with its position at the northern end of the Côte Brune and the fact it is the last vineyard to ripen, La Landonne is the mirror of the feminine and voluptuous La Mouline: it is a wine of driving power, defined by its dark fruit and structure. The first vintage Guigal produced was in 1978, after being planted in 1975 at the time of Philippe Guigal’s birth.

Jeb Dunnuck “Probably the wine of the vintage is the 2014 Côte Rôtie La Landonne, a beauty that gives up everything you could want from Côte Rôtie. Cassis, tobacco leaf, graphite, crushed…

Related Materials: E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne Tech Sheet (99 JD)

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Condrieu La Doriane 2017

Condrieu

La Doriane is a luxury cuvée of Condrieu that the Guigals have produced since the 1994 vintage. 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.

Jeb Dunnuck "Bottled at the end of June and brought up in new barrels, the blockbuster 2017 Condrieu La Doriane is up there with the crème de la crème, and just might…

Related Materials: E. Guigal Condrieu La Doriane 2017 Tech Sheet (97 JD)

Wine Advocate "Slightly more forward and flamboyant than the more classically structured 2016, the 2017 Condrieu la Doriane is full-bodied, plush and opulent, loaded with flowers, melons and apricots. Yes, the oak…

Related Materials: E. Guigal Condrieu La Doriane 2017 Tech Sheet (96 WA)

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Lucien Le Moine Puligny-Montrachet 1er “Champ Canet” 2016

Puligny-Montrachet 1er “Champ Canet”

Mounir describes Champ Canet as a frustrated Puligny. It has a lot of vivacity, it is racy and salty, influenced strongly by Meursault. You can think of it almost as a Meursault Perrieres in Puligny.

Vinous Media “More expressive on the nose than the Chalumeaux, with a note of lemon drop suggesting good fruit sweetness. Then a bit syrupy on the palate, but with lovely focus and…

E. Guigal

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2017

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Guigal produces an intensely concentrated, inviting and complex Châteauneuf-du-Pape that is almost unique to the region today. Their passion for Châteauneuf, the leading appellation of the Southern Rhône, runs as deeply as that for their home sites in the Northern Rhône. The combination of working with top fruit that has perfect ripeness, along with their extraordinary patience in the cellar, results in rich and full, yet savory, spicy, seamless and balanced wines. Wines to enjoy immediately but capable of aging, and, above all, wines that leave you wanting more.

Jeb Dunnuck “Last of the whites, the 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc is a riper, sexier wine from the south that has lots of white peach, marmalade and honeysuckle aromas and flavors. You can…

Related Materials: E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2017 Tech Sheet (93 JD)

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Lucien Le Moine Meursault 1er Cru “Charmes” 2016

Meursault 1er Cru “Charmes”

Charmes is larger than both Perrieres and Genevrières put together, extending all the way down to the Meursault-Puligny road. The upper part of the vineyard produces extremely compelling Meursaults, with a soft flowery character that is less racy than Perrieres and less spicy than Genevrières, but just as intense.

Burghound “A very pretty and airy nose features notes of red cherry, raspberry and spice with a shading of soft wood and earth. On the palate though this is not nearly…

Vinous Media “Charmes du Haut and one from Charmes du Bas, but he noted that the grower produces very low yields and strong ripeness, the opposite of what he prefers): Bright lemon-yellow…

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Lucien Le Moine Meursault 1er Cru “Genevrières” 2016

Meursault 1er Cru “Genevrières”

Genevrières is defined by viscosity. The vineyard is mid-slope, and in the Lucien Le Moine Genevrières there is always notable acidity (even in low-acid years) and alcohol. “Mr Too Much of Everything” is how Mounir likes to describe this wine. It ferments slowly, and for some reason it always has a touch of cloudiness – something never precipitates out. It’s a wild child.

Vinous Media “Slightly cloudy appearance. Classic, pure Genevrières scents of lemon, lime, tangerine and ginger. At once large-scaled and sharply focused, with its dusty citrus zest, spice and anise flavors communicating a…

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Lucien Le Moine Meursault 1er Cru Les “Gouttes d’Or” 2016

Meursault 1er Cru Les “Gouttes d’Or”

The first Premier Cru heading south into Meursault, Gouttes d’Or is characterized by displaying a full body offset along with a firm structure.

Vinous Media “Bright light yellow. Aromas of peach, fresh apricot and medicinal herbs show a sweet-sour quality that reminded me of some Chinese dishes. Very pure, juicy and penetrating; doesn’t show the…

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Lucien Le Moine Meursault 1er Cru “Porusot” 2016

Meursault 1er Cru “Porusot”

Mounir likes to call Meursault Porusot the ambassador of Meursault – it takes from everything around it, Gouttes d’Or, Genevrieres, Charmes, and other vineyards, and shows a little bit of all their characters. It is a wine that doesn’t rest, it keeps changing all the time. Sweet yet flinty, as well as phenolic, it is an intellectual’s wine. Mounir was delighted to bottle Porusot for the first time in 2009.

Vinous Media “Bright but slightly cloudy yellow. Slightly oxidative on the nose, as it’s still working. Then shockingly ripe and fresh on the palate, with a touch of sweetness virtually neutralized by…

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 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)

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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)