Domaine E. Guigal is one of France’s most iconic producers, and among the most sought-after makers of “Fine & Rare” collectible wines anywhere in the world. The estate was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal, and is today run by his grandson Philippe, making them one of the few remaining family-run estates in France of this calibre. Located in Ampuis, in the hilly, cool, serene northern Rhône Valley, the acclaimed winemaker crafts exceptional wines from some of the world’s greatest terroirs for Syrah, Grenache, Viognier, Marsanne and Rousanne.
2011 HERMITAGE ROUGE
Perched on the southwest side of a single, steep, granite hill, exposed to the afternoon sun, sit the coveted vineyards of the tiny Hermitage region. Known as one of the world’s great sites for Syrah, the vineyards of Hermitage produce earthy, tannic wines, bursting with aromas of leather, red berry, blackcurrant, and cocoa. The 2011 Guigal Hermitage comes from 30-year-old vines, and is aged in oak barrels for 36 months. Elegant, structured, and rich, with great balance between ripe fruit and earthy undertones.
Perfect to keep you company in the colder months, Guigal’s Hermitage is a natural fit for roasted, stewed, or pan seared red meats, roasted or braised game, and after (or before) dinner cheeses. Sticking to earthy, rich flavours of dried herbs, shallots, cumin, and dried dark fruit will have this wine veritably singing in the glass.
“Showing even better than last year, the 2011 Hermitage shows the more exuberant, sexy and sunny nature of the vintage to a T. Toasted bread, vanilla bean, black raspberries and spiced meat-like aromas all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, forward, seamless beauty that will deliver tons of pleasure over the coming 15 or more years.” –J. Dunnuck, RobertParker.com
93 / 100 Points
Producer: E. Guigal
Wine: Hermitage Rouge
Origin: Northern Rhône, France
LCBO #: 707372
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