New Releases from Guigal including the great 2015 Northern Rhones

New Releases from Guigal including the great 2015 Northern Rhones

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New releases from the Rhone's biggest name
  
One of the powerhouses of the Rhône and a name synonymous with beautifully crafted wines from some of the regions finest vineyard sites. Etienne Guigal formed his own estate in 1946, and was joined by his son Marcel in 1961. They purchased the Château d'Ampuis in 1995, today fully restored, it is the headquarters of the estate and home to the Guigal cooperage. Marcel's son, Phillipe is the winemaker and Guigal produce a range of stunning wines from across the terroirs of the Rhône.
Joe Czerwinski of the Wine Advocate reports that Marcel Guigal says "2015 is the best vintage he has ever seen in the Northern Rhone". 
Today we present the newest releases from Guigal including the stunning 2015 Northern Rhones and the always popular Cotes-du-Rhone.
Cotes-du-Rhone 2015
$25.00 a bottle
$290.00 a Case of 12 Bottles
$52.50 a 1500ml MAGNUM
Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone label
Wine Advocate - Joe Czerwinski: As usual, the 2015 Cotes du Rhone features a majority of Syrah, largely sourced from the western side of the Rhône. Spicy, peppery, hickory aromas lead off, adding berries up front and then moving into darker fruit and more savory notes of black olive by the finish. This medium to full-bodied wine finishes long and silky, avoiding any of the vintage's hard tannins, while still boasting the concentration to drink well through at least 2023. 91 Points
St Joseph Lieu-dit St Joseph 2016
$95.00 a Bottle

Guigal St Joseph label
Wine Advocate - Joe Czerwinski: Potentially the equal of the 2015 but more approachable and seductive, the 2016 Saint Joseph lieu dit Saint Joseph is dark and plummy, loaded with cassis fruit. Velvety in texture, it should drink well a bit earlier than the 2015 yet age almost as long. 94 Points
 
Hermitage 2015
$125.00 a Bottle

Guigal Hermitage label
Wine Advocate - Joe Czerwinski: The impressive 2015 Hermitage looks to have closed down already. Cedary notes dominate the aromas, while concentrated cherries appear on the richly textured, chewy palate. This powerful, tannic wine needs at least another 5 years in the cellar, but it should come out the other side of this funk in fine shape. 92+ Points

Cote-Rotie Brune et Blonde 2015
$125.00 a Bottle 
$250.00 a 1500ml MAGNUM

Guigal Cote Rotie Brune Blonde label
Wine Advocate - Joe Czerwinski: Much more open and inviting than the Hermitage, Guigal's 2015 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde boasts hallmark aromas of dried flowers, herbs, raspberries and black olives. Medium to full-bodied, it's simultaneously rich and silky, showing fine, balanced acidity on the crisp finish. Considering it may account for as much as a third of the appellation's volume, it's a remarkable achievement and testament to the tremendous quality of the vintage. Even folks who buy and cellar the La Las will want to have some of this in their cellars for early drinking. 93 Points

Cote-Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis 2015
$260.00 a Bottle
$520.00 a 1500ml MAGNUM

Guigal Ampuis label
Jeb Dunnuck: Scheduled to be bottled just after this visit, the 2015 Côte Rôtie Château D'Ampuis reveals a deep ruby/purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of smoked black fruits, caramelized blackcurrants, leady herbs, ground pepper, and earth. It's deep, rich, massively concentrated, and a powerhouse of a wine that's going to need bottle age, but wow, what a wine! The big news at the Guigal estate is the purchase of Domaine de Nalys in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The family has always wanted an estate in the South, and Nalys is an unrealized treasure trove of awesome terroir and old vines, both of which I've no doubt will be maximized by this talented family. In addition, the former winemaker at Paul Jaboulet Aîné, Jacques Desvernois, has joined the team, and while it's not clear exactly what his role will be, I suspect he will largely lead the charge at Domaine de Nalys. Either way, Desvernois is an incredible talent and can only add to what is already a well-oiled machine. As to the wines reviewed in this report, I was able to taste multiple vintages of each of the cuvées and have listed the wines by cuvée as opposed to by vintage, which is how we tasted through the wines. 96-98 Points

Wine Advocate - Joe Czerwinski: The 2015 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis finally approaches the lofty goals set for it by the Guigal family. It's a bit toasty from the barrel but full-bodied, ripe and concentrated. Loaded with tannins and black raspberry fruit, it's silky at the same time, leaving behind lingering traces of mocha and roasted meat on the long finish. 95-97 Points

Condrieu La Doriane 2017
$182.95 a Bottle

Guigal Doriane label
Wine Advocate - Joe Czerwinski: Slightly more forward and flamboyant than the more classically structured 2016, the 2017 Condrieu la Doriane is full-bodied, plush and opulent, loaded with flowers, melons and apricots. Yes, the oak is noticeable, but it adds a relatively restrained note of toasted almonds, serving to focus and lift the waves of succulent fruit. I'd drink this silky-textured beauty over the next few years, while it's still as showy as can be. 96 Points

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Domaine Philippe Cheron Dinner. Tuesday 22 October

In the late 1930's, Paul Misset, Philippe Cheron's grandfather, acquired parcels of vines in the Vougeot and Nuits Saint Georges communes. Not being a wine-grower, he entrusted their management to tenant wine growers in Vosne-Romanée. Starting with these original parcels, Paul Misset's grandchildren, two generations later, have built up a wine domaine which today covers 5 hectares, spread over the Nuits Saint Georges, Vosne Romanée, Chambolle Musigny and Clos de Vougeot appellations.

The domaine's winery and cellars are located in the historical centre of Nuits Saint Georges. The vaulted 19th century cellars allow the wines to be aged in perfect conditions and the modern, efficient winery has recently been totally refurbished.

After working as technical director at Domaine Jean-Claude Belland in Santenay, Philippe Cheron took over the family estate in 2011. A trained engineer, he studied at the wine university in Suze la Rousse before gaining important experience making wine in the Rhône valley and then Burgundy. To round off this experience, he also took an agricultural training course at the Lycée Viticole in Beaune.

I have had the pleasure of tasting at the domaine for a few vintages and starting with 2015 we decided to import the wines of this small domaine. I have experienced Philippe's growing expertise and seen how successive vintages how become more spectacular. His Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Murgers 2016 was one of the most stunning wines I have ever tasted from barrel.

Being only 5 hectares in size this is a domaine that does not produce a lot of wine. In small vintages the quantity becomes even more restricted. Factor in low cropping old vines and we see production can be as little as just two barrels - less than 600 bottles for wine aficionados across the globe.

This dinner features 11 wines from Domaine Philippe Cheron from the 2016 and 2015 vintages. It includes the once-only Chambolle-Musigny Tirage 3096 Bottles 2016 - a product of the hail that ravaged Chambolle-Musigny in 2016 and necessitated the production of just one Chambolle cuvee that vintage, the outstanding Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Aux Murgers 2016, the first vintage of this wine following the return of vineyards to the domaine, and the Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2015 from vines in the climat of Les Hautes Baudes.

We'll also compare Vosne-Romanee Les Barreaux, Gevrey-Chambertin Les Seuvrees and Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnet from 2016 and 2015.

The wine list:

Chambolle-Musigny Tirage 3096 Bottles 2016 
Chambolle-Musigny Clos de l'Orme 2015 
Chambolle-Musigny Les Quarante Ouvrees 2015 

Vosne-Romanee Les Barreaux 2016
Vosne-Romanee Les Barreaux 2015

Gevrey-Chambertin Les Seuvrees 2016
Gevrey-Chambertin Les Seuvrees 2015
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnet 2016 
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnet 2015 

Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Aux Murgers 2016
Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2015
 
Date: Tuesday 22 October 2019
Time: 7pm
Venue: Pope Joan, Sofitel Forecourt
45 Collins St, Melbourne 3000
Cost: $199.00 Per Person

To book on line click here.
 

Under the Liquor Reform Act 1998, it is an offence for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase or receive liquor. It is also an offence for a licensee to supply liquor or permit liquor to be supplied to a person under the age of 18 years.

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