Saturday, July 26, 2014
Guigal St. Joseph
2011 Guigal Saint Joseph Lieu Dit Rouge...$66.99
The 2011 Saint-Joseph, which comes all from the southern part of the appellation, is 100% Syrah that’s aged all in 2-year-old barrels. Classy all around, with notions of smoked blackberries, hung game, pepper and chocolate, it is complex and nuanced with a seamless, beautifully textured profile on the palate. Most likely an outstanding effort, it has loads of Northern Rhone character and should have a decade of longevity.
Rated 89-91/100 The Wine Advocate
2012 Guigal Saint Joseph Lieu Dit Blanc...$66.99
Even better and one thrilling white, the 2012 Saint Joseph Lieu-Dit Blanc, which comes from the vineyard that gave the appellation its name, is a smoking blend of 93% Marsanne and 7% Roussanne that’s brought up all in new oak barrels. Rich, textured and full-bodied, it oozes notions of caramelized peaches, toast, cream and brioche. It’s knockout stuff and should drink nicely for over a decade (although I’d drink it over the coming couple of years).
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate
2011 Guigal Saint Joseph Vinges de l'Hospice...$129.99
In keeping with my feeling that what was achieved in St.-Joseph in 2011 may equal the finest of 2010 is Guigal’s 2011 St.-Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice. Stunningly rich with lots of licorice, smoke, earth, camphor and incense characteristics, this full-bodied wine possesses abundant fruit on the front end and mid-palate as well as a soft, luxurious finish. It is a totally seductive wine that I could have happily drunk from barrel.
Rated 92-94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate