TOP TIP: Guigal La Doriane 2015
Marcel and Philippe Guigal have been arguably the most consistently high quality producers across the board in the Rhone for some years now. Whilst most famous for their reds, including the ever-magnificent value Cotes du Rhone, their Condrieu ‘La Doriane’ is a truly wonderful example of the style. Condrieu is the pinnacle of Viognier from anywhere in the world, the appellation delivers a magical two-stage wine which flatters and impresses in youth but beguiles and fascinates with 8-10 years or more in the bottle…
With a total production of just under 1200 cases in 2015, this stunner is a blend of 5 leading Condrieu vineyards, all of which are less than 1ha in size: 25% from Colombier, 25% from La Côte Chatillon, 25% from Volan, 12.5% from Coteau de Chéry and 12.5% from Coteau de Vernon. The wine is fermented and aged for 12 months in all new oak, giving it depth, richness and ageability. The wine always seems rich and very fruity when young, transforming in 3-4 years into a seamlessly complex, aromatic and vibrant wine. La Doriane certainly contradicts the occasional view that Condrieu does not age well.
We’ve long been huge fans of the wine and were impatient to taste it when we visited the Domaine a few weeks ago. Given the hype around the 2015 vintage in Northern Rhone our expectations were high but we were not disappointed: the wine is beautifully balanced, fresh, graceful and has a genuine depth… Put simply, it is an outstanding La Doriane not to be missed!
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Tasting Notes and Scores
Fine yellow colour; the nose is still a bit reserved with aromas of vanilla, pear and hints of smoke from the oak. The palate is deeply intense with notes of peach, lychee, apricots and spring flowers. It has a stylish richness but also possesses a slightly higher acidity than usual which gives it a great freshness. The finish displays some lovely floral notes and hints of salinity that provide a lasting impression of energy and elegance. Absolutely stunning!
Tasted November 2016
Easily one of the greatest Condrieu I’ve ever tasted is the 2015 Condrieu La Doriane. A wine that needs to be tasted to be believed, it possesses a huge nose of toasted brioche, liquid rocks, apricot, flower oil and salty minerality. Unctuous, full-bodied, massively rich, yet also elegant and graceful, with beautiful freshness, enjoy this tour de force over the coming 5-6 years.