Etienne Guigal

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Etienne Guigal: The Importance

Guigal is one of the most famous producers in the world and is regarded by Robert Parker as “the axis upon which the Northern Rhône rests.” Established in 1946 by Etienne Guigal, he passed it to his son Marcel and now, in turn, Marcel’s son Philippe is assuming the mantle. Parker describes this family business as “a qualitative locomotive that has brought attention to the Rhône Valley, raising the quality bar for the entire region.” And he has awarded their wines more perfect 100 point scores than any other producer on earth.

 

Jeff Leve of The Wine Cellar Insider says “the benchmark for quality in the Northern Rhône is set by Guigal’s Côte-Rôtie wines”, a view that Jancis Robinson shares. She says the importance of Guigal revolves largely around the “so-called Cru wines (La Mouline, La Landonne and La Turque)”, also affectionately known as the La Las, which are “dark, dramatic mouth-fillingly rich and oaky expressions of the Syrah grape.” Find out more about these below…

 

Etienne Guigal: The Insight

As the largest producer in Côte-Rôtie, this is the place to start. In Robert Parker’s opinion Guigal “has largely defined that appellation with his three spectacular single-vineyard offerings: La Landonne, La Mouline and La Turque. These immortal wines sell for a king’s ransom, but they are as good as anything produced anywhere in the world, and they age magnificently.” These wines are often talked about in the same breath as the First Growths in Bordeaux and the greatest Grands Crus of Burgundy. These three late-harvested Syrahs come from a positively miniscule yield of grapes and have received 27 perfect 100 point scores from Wine Advocate at time of writing; a figure that is sure to continue on its upward trajectory. The consistent quality of these wines make them a collectors dream; over the past twenty years they have received an average score of 96 points from Wine Advocate and, during this time, only a handful of the total 60 releases have ever slipped beneath 90 points. Jancis Robinson describes the purpose of these phenomenal wines to be “to knock the taster’s socks off” and their rarity, with only 400-700 cases of each being made each year, make them very precious commodities that are extremely hard to come by.

 

According to Jeff Leve La Mouline’s “texture in unlike any other wine in the world” and it is “one of the few phenomenally expensive wines that’s worth the money.” The Syrah and Viogner used to make it come from a single hectare plot of vines on Côte Blonde with an average age of 50 years (although many are approaching 100 years old).

 

La Landonne is 100% Syrah from slightly younger vines; it is the most robust and mineral of the three and longest ageing.

 

La Turque is the most recently created of the La Las and comes from an incredibly steep vineyard planted with Syrah and Viognier. Many consider it a midway point between the exotic La Mouline and the inky La Landonne.

 

As as many critics focus on the La Las, some of the other sensation wines from this magnificent producer slip under the radar. In particular Guigal’s lieu-dit St Joseph offers terrific value. This tiny single vineyard at the northern edge of the valley, planted with old vines ranging from 20 to 75 years of age, produces a very special wine that as Jeb Dunnuck attests “ages beautifully”. Alternatively, those wishing to sample Guigal’s Côte-Rôties without the price tag associated with the La Las, may wish to consider Château d’Ampuis or Brune et Blonde, which are some of the finest wines produced in the region.
Elsewhere, Guigal produces a rich and consistently highly-rated Condrieu called La Doriane, and according to John Livingstone-Learmonth of DrinkRhone.com they also offer “very reliable quality in the large production wines like the southern Rhône Côtes du Rhône.” Intelligent purchasing of property in Hermitage in the early 2000s has allowed Guigal to significantly increase the quality here too, producing limited numbers of cases from parcels in lieux-dits of Bessards, le Méal, Beaume, Pierrelle and les Murets. Ermitage Ex Voto was first released in 2001 and has shot to fame almost instantly.

 

Etienne Guigal: The Background

To get a steer on the style of Guigal, John Livingstone-Learmonth advises that: “Marcel Guigal has always followed a new oak, long ageing route for the red wines.” In fact the La Las spend around three and half years in oak, making barrels extremely important to Guigal, hence why they own their own cooperage and many thousand casks. This demonstrates the attention to detail of this producer, but if further affirmation is needed, Robert Parker says: “I have never seen a producer so fanatical about quality as Marcel Guigal.” 

 

Etienne Guigal began working at Vidal Fleury in the late 1920s; he left just after World War II to set up his own company Establisments Guigal. He was joined by his son Marcel in 1961 and later the pair bought Vidal Fleury, where Etienne had cut his teeth. Although Vidal Fleury is run independently, the Guigal family still lend a hand. Since then Château d’Ampuis, Jean-Louis Grippat, Vallouit and Domaine de Bonserine have been added to the portfolio. Now Guigal owns property in Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Saint Joseph, Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Tavel, Gigondas and Côtes-du-Rhône, producing incredible wines from predominantly Syrah, Grenache, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier.

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2018 Condrieu La Doriane Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2018 Condrieu La Doriane Rhone

£579.00
£290.00

2018 Cotes du Rhone Rose Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2018 Cotes du Rhone Rose Rhone

£82.00
£82.00

2017 Condrieu La Doriane Guigal; Etienne Rhone

96.0

2017 Condrieu La Doriane Rhone

96.0
£559.00
£559.00
£280.00

2017 St Joseph Blanc Guigal; Etienne Rhone

91.0

2017 St Joseph Blanc Rhone

91.0
£178.00
£178.00

2017 Cotes du Rhone Blanc Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2017 Cotes du Rhone Blanc Rhone

£104.00
£104.00

2016 Condrieu La Doriane Guigal; Etienne Rhone

94.0

2016 Condrieu La Doriane Rhone

94.0
£549.00
£275.00
£49.00

2016 Condrieu Guigal; Etienne Rhone

90.0

2016 Condrieu Rhone

90.0
£323.00
£323.00

2016 Tavel Rose Guigal; Etienne Rhone

92.0

2016 Tavel Rose Rhone

92.0
£133.00
£133.00

2016 Cotes du Rhone Guigal; Etienne Rhone

90.0

2016 Cotes du Rhone Rhone

90.0
£80.00
£80.00
£80.00

2016 Hermitage Blanc Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2016 Hermitage Blanc Rhone

£369.00
£369.00

2016 St Joseph Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2016 St Joseph Rhone

£169.00
£169.00
£17.00

2016 Hermitage Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2016 Hermitage Rhone

£451.00
£451.00
£226.00

2015 Condrieu La Doriane Guigal; Etienne Rhone

95.25

2015 Condrieu La Doriane Rhone

95.25
£1,180.00
£1,180.00
£590.00
£296.00

2015 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2015 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis Rhone

£717.00
£717.00
£359.00
£717.00
£181.00
£63.00
£122.00

2015 Cote Rotie La Mouline Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2015 Cote Rotie La Mouline Rhone

£3,271.00
£3,271.00
£1,636.00
£821.00
£274.00

2015 Cote Rotie La Turque Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2015 Cote Rotie La Turque Rhone

£3,271.00
£3,271.00
£1,636.00
NEW
£821.00
£274.00

2015 Cote Rotie La Landonne Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2015 Cote Rotie La Landonne Rhone

£3,394.00
£1,696.00
£851.00
£284.00

2015 Gigondas Guigal; Etienne Rhone

91.0

2015 Gigondas Rhone

91.0
£188.00
£188.00
£96.00
£19.00

2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone

£286.00
£286.00
£145.00

2015 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde Guigal; Etienne Rhone

93.0

2015 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde Rhone

93.0
£373.00
£373.00
£373.00
£34.00
£65.00

2015 Condrieu Guigal; Etienne Rhone

93.0

2015 Condrieu Rhone

93.0
£386.00
£386.00
£195.00
£35.00

2015 St Joseph Vignes des Hospices Guigal; Etienne Rhone

96.0

2015 St Joseph Vignes des Hospices Rhone

96.0
£421.00
£38.00

2015 Hermitage Blanc Ex Voto Guigal; Etienne Rhone

95.0

2015 Hermitage Blanc Ex Voto Rhone

95.0
£1,298.00
£1,298.00
£648.00
£111.00

2015 Hermitage Guigal; Etienne Rhone

92.0

2015 Hermitage Rhone

92.0
£374.00
£189.00

2015 Guigal Assortment (1xCR-L, 1xCR-M, 1xCR-T) Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2015 Guigal Assortment (1xCR-L, 1xCR-M, 1xCR-T) Rhone

£4,425.00
£1,107.00

2015 Hermitage Ex Voto Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2015 Hermitage Ex Voto Rhone

£2,540.00
£2,540.00
£1,271.00

2015 Cotes du Rhone Guigal; Etienne Rhone

91.0

2015 Cotes du Rhone Rhone

91.0
£74.00
£74.00
£74.00
£9.00
£15.00

2015 Crozes Hermitage Guigal; Etienne Rhone

91.0

2015 Crozes Hermitage Rhone

91.0
£134.00
£134.00
£134.00
£14.00

2015 St Joseph Guigal; Etienne Rhone

92.0

2015 St Joseph Rhone

92.0
£163.00
£163.00
£83.00

2014 Crozes Hermitage Guigal; Etienne Rhone

88.0

2014 Crozes Hermitage Rhone

88.0
£180.00
£180.00

2014 Condrieu Guigal; Etienne Rhone

91.0

2014 Condrieu Rhone

91.0
£339.00
£31.00

2014 Cote Rotie La Turque Guigal; Etienne Rhone

98.0

2014 Cote Rotie La Turque Rhone

98.0
£2,486.00
£2,486.00
£1,243.00
£209.00

2014 St Joseph Guigal; Etienne Rhone

88.0

2014 St Joseph Rhone

88.0
£175.00
NEW
£175.00

2014 Hermitage Guigal; Etienne Rhone

90.0

2014 Hermitage Rhone

90.0
£387.00
NEW
£387.00

2014 Hermitage Blanc Guigal; Etienne Rhone

91.0

2014 Hermitage Blanc Rhone

91.0
£421.00
£421.00

2014 Cotes du Rhone Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2014 Cotes du Rhone Rhone

£80.00
£10.00

2014 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde Guigal; Etienne Rhone

90.0

2014 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde Rhone

90.0
£339.00
£31.00

2014 Cote Rotie La Landonne Guigal; Etienne Rhone

95.0

2014 Cote Rotie La Landonne Rhone

95.0
£2,482.00
£2,482.00
£1,241.00
£208.00

2014 Cote Rotie La Mouline Guigal; Etienne Rhone

97.0

2014 Cote Rotie La Mouline Rhone

97.0
£2,482.00
£2,482.00
£1,241.00
£208.00

2014 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis Guigal; Etienne Rhone

93.0

2014 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis Rhone

93.0
£716.00
£716.00
£716.00
£63.00

2013 Condrieu Guigal; Etienne Rhone

92.0

2013 Condrieu Rhone

92.0
£310.00
£310.00

2013 Cote Rotie La Turque Guigal; Etienne Rhone

96.3

2013 Cote Rotie La Turque Rhone

96.3
£2,357.00
£2,357.00
£1,178.00
£589.00
£198.00

2013 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis Guigal; Etienne Rhone

91.0

2013 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis Rhone

91.0
£615.00
NEW
£615.00

2013 Cotes du Rhone Guigal; Etienne Rhone

87.5

2013 Cotes du Rhone Rhone

87.5
£81.00
£81.00
£10.00

2013 Cote Rotie La Landonne Guigal; Etienne Rhone

95.0

2013 Cote Rotie La Landonne Rhone

95.0
£2,096.00
£2,096.00
£176.00

2013 St Joseph Vignes des Hospices Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2013 St Joseph Vignes des Hospices Rhone

£513.00
£257.00
£46.00

2013 Hermitage Blanc Ex Voto Guigal; Etienne Rhone

97.0

2013 Hermitage Blanc Ex Voto Rhone

97.0
£1,380.00
£1,380.00
£689.00
Duty Paid £689.00
£345.00

2013 Cote Rotie La Mouline Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2013 Cote Rotie La Mouline Rhone

£1,945.00
NEW
£974.00
£487.00

2013 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde Guigal; Etienne Rhone

89.0

2013 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde Rhone

89.0
£425.00
£425.00
£38.00

2012 Condrieu La Doriane Guigal; Etienne Rhone

98.0

2012 Condrieu La Doriane Rhone

98.0
£801.00
£801.00
£399.00
£69.00

2012 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis Guigal; Etienne Rhone

95.0

2012 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis Rhone

95.0
£722.00
£722.00
£362.00
£722.00
£63.00
Duty Paid £63.00

2012 Cote Rotie La Landonne Guigal; Etienne Rhone

100.0

2012 Cote Rotie La Landonne Rhone

100.0
£3,193.00
£1,597.00
£267.00

2012 Cote Rotie La Mouline Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2012 Cote Rotie La Mouline Rhone

£2,046.00
£1,024.00

2012 St Joseph Vignes des Hospices Guigal; Etienne Rhone

93.0

2012 St Joseph Vignes des Hospices Rhone

93.0
£638.00
£638.00
£56.00

2012 Hermitage Blanc Ex Voto Guigal; Etienne Rhone

96.0

2012 Hermitage Blanc Ex Voto Rhone

96.0
£2,567.00
£2,567.00
£1,284.00
£215.00

2012 Hermitage Rouge Ex Voto Guigal; Etienne Rhone

96.0

2012 Hermitage Rouge Ex Voto Rhone

96.0
£2,163.00
£2,163.00
£1,083.00

2012 Hermitage Guigal; Etienne Rhone

92.0

2012 Hermitage Rhone

92.0
£383.00
£35.00

2012 Guigal Assortment (Landonne Mouline Turque) Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2012 Guigal Assortment (Landonne Mouline Turque) Rhone

£3,112.00
£1,556.00

2012 Hermitage Ex Voto Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2012 Hermitage Ex Voto Rhone

£2,247.00
£2,247.00
£189.00

2012 Cote Rotie La Turque Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2012 Cote Rotie La Turque Rhone

£2,096.00
£1,049.00

2011 Cote Rotie La Landonne Guigal; Etienne Rhone

99.0

2011 Cote Rotie La Landonne Rhone

99.0
£2,493.00
£1,246.00
£209.00

2011 Cote Rotie La Mouline Guigal; Etienne Rhone

98.0

2011 Cote Rotie La Mouline Rhone

98.0
£2,556.00
£2,556.00
£1,279.00
£214.00

2011 Cote Rotie La Turque Guigal; Etienne Rhone

97.0

2011 Cote Rotie La Turque Rhone

97.0
£2,395.00
£1,197.00
£201.00

2011 Cotes du Rhone Blanc Guigal; Etienne Rhone

89.0

2011 Cotes du Rhone Blanc Rhone

89.0
£74.00
£74.00
£9.00

2010 St Joseph Vignes des Hospices Guigal; Etienne Rhone

94.0

2010 St Joseph Vignes des Hospices Rhone

94.0
£579.00
£51.00

2010 Hermitage Blanc Ex Voto Guigal; Etienne Rhone

100.0

2010 Hermitage Blanc Ex Voto Rhone

100.0
£2,316.00
£2,316.00
£1,158.00
£579.00

2010 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde Guigal; Etienne Rhone

93.0

2010 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde Rhone

93.0
£517.00
£266.00
£259.00

2010 Condrieu La Doriane Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2010 Condrieu La Doriane Rhone

£1,197.00
£102.00

2010 Cote Rotie La Mouline Guigal; Etienne Rhone

100.0

2010 Cote Rotie La Mouline Rhone

100.0
£4,092.00
£341.00

2010 Cote Rotie La Landonne Guigal; Etienne Rhone

100.0

2010 Cote Rotie La Landonne Rhone

100.0
£4,240.00
£353.00

2010 Cote Rotie La Turque Guigal; Etienne Rhone

100.0

2010 Cote Rotie La Turque Rhone

100.0
£4,240.00
£1,061.00
£353.00

2010 Guigal Assortment (1xCR-L, 1xCR-M, 1xCR-T) Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2010 Guigal Assortment (1xCR-L, 1xCR-M, 1xCR-T) Rhone

£4,848.00
£1,211.00

2010 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis Guigal; Etienne Rhone

99.0

2010 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis Rhone

99.0
£1,197.00
£1,197.00

2010 Hermitage Ex Voto Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2010 Hermitage Ex Voto Rhone

£2,800.00
£2,800.00
£1,399.00

2009 Cote Rotie La Landonne Guigal; Etienne Rhone

100.0

2009 Cote Rotie La Landonne Rhone

100.0
£4,092.00
£341.00

2009 Cote Rotie La Turque Guigal; Etienne Rhone

100.0

2009 Cote Rotie La Turque Rhone

100.0
£3,991.00
£3,991.00
£1,995.00
£999.00
£333.00

2009 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis Guigal; Etienne Rhone

97.0

2009 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis Rhone

97.0
£999.00
£999.00
Duty Paid £999.00

2009 Hermitage Blanc Ex Voto Guigal; Etienne Rhone

95.0

2009 Hermitage Blanc Ex Voto Rhone

95.0
£2,357.00
£2,357.00
£1,178.00

2009 Hermitage Rouge Ex Voto Guigal; Etienne Rhone

100.0

2009 Hermitage Rouge Ex Voto Rhone

100.0
£2,494.00
£209.00

2009 Cote Rotie La Mouline Guigal; Etienne Rhone

100.0

2009 Cote Rotie La Mouline Rhone

100.0
£4,240.00
£1,061.00
£353.00

2009 Condrieu La Doriane Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2009 Condrieu La Doriane Rhone

£1,137.00
£97.00

2009 Hermitage Ex Voto Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2009 Hermitage Ex Voto Rhone

£2,556.00
£1,279.00

2008 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis Guigal; Etienne Rhone

91.0

2008 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis Rhone

91.0
£667.00
£667.00

2008 Cote Rotie La Landonne Guigal; Etienne Rhone

94.0

2008 Cote Rotie La Landonne Rhone

94.0
£2,317.00
£195.00

2008 Cote Rotie La Mouline Guigal; Etienne Rhone

89.0

2008 Cote Rotie La Mouline Rhone

89.0
£2,119.00
£178.00

2007 Cote Rotie La Landonne Guigal; Etienne Rhone

95.5

2007 Cote Rotie La Landonne Rhone

95.5
£2,806.00
£1,402.00
£700.00
£235.00

2007 Condrieu La Doriane Guigal; Etienne Rhone

94.5

2007 Condrieu La Doriane Rhone

94.5
£895.00
Duty Paid £372.00
£77.00

2007 Cote Rotie La Mouline Guigal; Etienne Rhone

95.0

2007 Cote Rotie La Mouline Rhone

95.0
£2,665.00
£223.00

2007 Cote Rotie La Turque Guigal; Etienne Rhone

97.0

2007 Cote Rotie La Turque Rhone

97.0
£2,556.00
£1,279.00
NEW
£214.00

2007 Hermitage Ex Voto Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2007 Hermitage Ex Voto Rhone

£2,159.00
£1,081.00
£182.00

2006 Hermitage Blanc Ex Voto Guigal; Etienne Rhone

93.0

2006 Hermitage Blanc Ex Voto Rhone

93.0
£1,700.00
£1,700.00
£427.00
£144.00

2006 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis Guigal; Etienne Rhone

95.0

2006 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis Rhone

95.0
£1,118.00
£96.00

2006 Cote Rotie La Landonne Guigal; Etienne Rhone

96.5

2006 Cote Rotie La Landonne Rhone

96.5
£2,977.00
£1,488.00
£743.00
£249.00

2006 Cote Rotie La Turque Guigal; Etienne Rhone

94.0

2006 Cote Rotie La Turque Rhone

94.0
£2,082.00
£2,082.00

2006 Cote Rotie La Mouline Guigal; Etienne Rhone

95.0

2006 Cote Rotie La Mouline Rhone

95.0
£2,816.00
NEW
£2,816.00
£1,407.00
£702.00
£236.00

2006 St Joseph Vignes des Hospices Guigal; Etienne Rhone

93.0

2006 St Joseph Vignes des Hospices Rhone

93.0
£799.00
£398.00

2006 Condrieu La Doriane Guigal; Etienne Rhone

96.0

2006 Condrieu La Doriane Rhone

96.0
£1,010.00
£87.00

2006 Hermitage Ex Voto Guigal; Etienne Rhone

2006 Hermitage Ex Voto Rhone

£1,647.00
£1,647.00
£413.00
£139.00

2005 Cote Rotie La Landonne Guigal; Etienne Rhone

100.0

2005 Cote Rotie La Landonne Rhone

100.0
£5,043.00
£421.00

2005 Cote Rotie La Mouline Guigal; Etienne Rhone

100.0

2005 Cote Rotie La Mouline Rhone

100.0
£4,931.00
£411.00

2005 Hermitage Blanc Ex Voto Guigal; Etienne Rhone

95.5

2005 Hermitage Blanc Ex Voto Rhone

95.5
£2,411.00
£1,205.00

2005 St Joseph Vignes des Hospices Guigal; Etienne Rhone

96.0

2005 St Joseph Vignes des Hospices Rhone

96.0
£1,078.00
£1,078.00
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