Guigal 2017 Release
Guigal’s reference point Brune et Blonde and Hermitage 2017s
I’ll say it again, this estate is producing some of the most incredible and singular wines in the world. JEB DUNNUCK
Philippe Guigal calls 2017 “a year of weight but also structure. The wines don’t show the way people imagine hot-year wines do. There is no overripeness or softness. It’s an interesting mix of qualities.” JOSH RAYNOLDS
very promising quality, with high levels of concentration yet with fine natural balance among the Syrah. 2017 Seems to be the third good vintage in a row for the northern Rhône. Particularly strong for both colours of Hermitage jancisrobinson.com.au
2017: The north enjoyed a long, warm and dry season with cool nights and well-timed rains near the end to help finish ripening; no serious weather issues as in the south. Reds are ripe and seductive (97) WINE SPECTATOR
Northern Rhône wine lovers whose tastes run to richness and power are going to have a field day with the 2018 and 2017 vintages. While most of the wines tend toward dark fruit character, the best examples also have quite a bit of freshness and energy.
More than a few producers call the vintage a hypothetical cross of 2016 and 2015, which I can understand. JOSH RAYNOLDS
One of the reference point estates for top quality wines in the world today, the family run Guigal operation was created in 1946 by Etienne Guigal. Today, Etienne’s son, Marcel, and his son Philippe, are firmly in control here, and are without a doubt producing some of the most singular, sought after wines in the world.
Due to the size of this tasting, I’ll keep my comments short, but the incredible quality coming from this operation is astounding, and a tasting here is always one of the highlights of any trip through the region.
Furthermore, while a lot is said about the extended oak aging regime here, I don’t know anyone who tastes mature examples of these wines on a regular basis that still has any doubts about the genius going on here. In short, these single vineyard (and their blends as well) Cote Roties are some of the greatest wines money can buy. JEB DUNNUCK, Wine advocate
Tasting these new releases side by side was an interesting exercise this year. 2017 is, as mentioned by Philippe Guigal, “an interesting mix of qualities”. There is richness and weight to both wines. They are bolder and more expressively fruit forward than the previous two vintages, however there is a boldness to the structure as well. The tannins are ripe but more muscular than the 2016s, in that way they feel a little like their 15 counterparts. They aren’t lacking freshness either. They may not have the pent up energy of the 2016s but there is ample life to keep that lush fruit feeling clear and bright. I guess it is that mix of structure, power, ripeness and ample acidity that has producers referring to them, according to Raynolds, as a “cross of 2016 and 2015”. Certainly they are impressive to taste but the key element is they also look very much like their respective terroirs. Cote Rotie and Hermitageness (yup) on full display.
I do feel like these will turn the corner before either of the two preceding years. Also, I can’t see them shutting down through their development where both the 15s and 16s gave the impression that they could, at some stage, shut down before coming back out to play.
As to the two wines, they are always the backbone of the estate’s offerings. The duo upon which this legendary house can rest it’s hat. Everyone may chase the La Las. People may talk about Doriane or wax lyrical about d’Ampuis (including me) but these two wines are where Guigal has room to create wines in enough volume that they are accessible and of the, expected high, quality that both rusted on fans of the estate and those new to them, can buy and enjoy them over any period of time.
The Cote Rotie is a dense and power packed rendition. Of the two it is perhaps the most backwards and the wood a bit more evident at this early stage. I think holding off for five years or so would be ideal but if you were to drink this guy early then ensure a good long decant to bring out everything it has to offer. Loads here, but as you would expect for this wine it might just need a little time to come together.
The Hermitage is humming. Text book stuff, both in the context of Guigal and Hermitage. Broodingly intense and powerfully built with a vein of rocky minerals and sturdy tannins that push that rather primary fruit inward a little. Thoroughly impressive now but would be great to see it evolve too. One of the better renditions of this wine I can recall.
One small point, don’t fall in to the trap of thinking of these wines as “second tier” bottlings or anything of that ilk. Both the Brune et Blonde and Hermitage would be the crowning jewels in most estates in the Rhone.
Guigal’s unique position and huge holdings in the region allow them the room and the vineyards to make wines of this kind of remarkable quality across the major appellations in a way no other producer can. They can also offer them at much better prices than most as well. Two wines that clearly demonstrate why Guigal remains the king of the hill (or in this case two hills).
It is an outstanding release from Philippe and his team and I suggest that these wines will provide a lot of enjoyment for a lot of people over a fairly long period of time. They may swing in to action a little earlier than the 15s or 16s which is a good thing. You should get maximum joy in a little less time.
We are offering the wines at more than 20% off in straight dozens or six packs.
Regular Price: $170.00
Special Price $145.00
Regular Price: $170.00
Special Price $145.00