Five from Guigal

Hello friends. We have a tremendous tariff today on a Syrah from a seminal Rhone producer: Marcel Guigal.

Guigal is best known for the La Las: Cote Roties from La Landonne, La Mouline, and La Turque. Those are amazing wines (and we’ll include potential order-request links for those at the bottom of this offering), but the price points have accelerated to near-unreachable levels over the past decade, so let’s focus instead on a Guigal Syrah with a considerably more accessible tariff:

2009 Guigal Crozes-Hermitage

Wine Advocate (Robert Parker): “($35); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 92pts.”

As you can see on the map, Crozes-Hermitage is an area in the crook of the neck made by the confluence of the Rhone and Isere rivers. While up to 15% Marsanne and Roussanne are allowed in red Crozes, this version from Guigal is 100% Syrah, from vines averaging 35 years old, grown on steep slopes near the villages of Gervans, Mercurol, and Larnage.

A complex palate-stainer, this is chock full of savory beef stock, briny olives, spicy black pepper. The blackcurrant and blackberry fruit plays a supporting role to all that salty-savory goodness. At 13% alcohol, it’s a nervy-textured, energetic Syrah. It positively floats across the palate. This would make a fine counterpoint to all manner of summer BBQs and would easily transition into an autumn season of roasts and stews. For those of you looking to explore Syrahs of the northern Rhone, this is a classy wine from a classy producer.

First come first served up to 12 bottles, and the wine should arrive in about a week, at which point it will be available for pickup or shipping during the spring shipping window.

Regards,
Paul

Now, an optimistic attempt at the La Las. So here’s the deal: These are not easy wines to source in any meaningful quantity. Most are pre-sold to retail and restaurant accounts that have a history of supporting Guigal. We have no history of supporting Guigal, so our allocations have a decent chance of ending up at 0.

But we can’t get any if we don’t ask, and if there is interest from our list members in these wines, I want to advocate effectively on your behalf. So please request what you’d like (max 4 bottles total), and we’ll do our best, and please accept my apologies in advance if we end with little or none of these:

2009 Guigal Cote-Rotie La Mouline

Wine Advocate (Robert Parker): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 100pts.”

2009 Guigal Cote-Rotie La Landonne

Wine Advocate (Robert Parker): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 100pts.”

2009 Guigal Cote-Rotie La Turque

Wine Advocate (Robert Parker): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 100pts.”

2009 Guigal Ermitage Ex-Voto Rouge

Wine Advocate (Robert Parker): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 100pts.”

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