Cracking Shiraz

Guigal Crozes-Hermitage 2015

There has been a real step up in sophistication and complexity at this level of Guigal's range of the last few years.

This bad boy takes me back to the 2005. Great intensity, depth, spice, core of dark and red fruits. Hints of Rubharb, vibrant lovely line of acid, earthy layers a touch of leather & beautifully balanced oak. Based on track record of how Guigal Crozes have aged this will turn out well.

FYI – It’s outscoring the current release Côte Rôtie at 1/3 the price. Having tried both I couldn’t agree more! I’ve been trying a lot of wine from Crozes lately and have been frustrated by just how raw and under-developed they have been, with many bad cases of reduction. So refreshing to try Guigal’s. It’s beautifully put together. You can hoover it now. Wait 5-10 years and you’ll be in a happy place.

$45ea in any 3+, $43ea in any 6+

Available on backorder

Why is this Wine so Yummy?

The vines, average 35 years of age, and, are mainly on steep slopes from the villages of Gervans, Mercurol, Larnage et Crozes-Hermitage.

Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats at high temperatures. 3 weeks maceration in vats. With 18 months in oak barrels. Which not evident at all in the final wine.

About Guigal

Guigal is one of those epic wineries that can make a bucket load of Côte du Rhône, put it on the shelf at around $20 a bottle, when many would be happy to pay $30, and, at the same time makes some of the word most unique wines. They have a built a legacy and in so doing dragged Côte-Rôtie from near ruin to the very pinnacle of the wine world.

The decision to drive quality release the La La’s drew focus and investment to the region, today it is a vibrant, growing, and making superb wines of real personality.

Where in the World are They?

Crozes-Hermitage rest in the Northern Rhône above Hermitage.

16.5+ Points

Very dense crimson indeed. Really quite majestic fruit on the nose. Full phenolic ripeness.

Philippe Guigal says he has never seen this quality from Crozes before. Attractive hint of Camembert(!) and very dry, glossy, ripe fruit. Masses of substance. Much more concentration than usual. Great stuff.

Jancis Robinson

90-92 Points

The 2015 Crozes Hermitage looks outstanding based on this sample. It boasts scents of crushed stone, black currants and blueberries, ample body and weight in the mouth and a velvety texture.

Joe Czerwinski.

Where in the world does the magic happen?

E.GUIGAL, Route de la Taquière, Ampuis, France



Rhône Valley