The 2012 Condrieu La Doriane is a selection of the estate's better parcels that was first bottled in 1994. It combines both schist- and granite soil-based parcels, which is relatively rare in Condrieu. This vintage also marks the first with fruit from a 1-acre parcel in Coteau de Vernon, which Guigal feels will bring additional minerality to the wine. The wine is powerful but defined, with a blaze of bitter almond and bitter orange along the edges while the core of apricot, white peach and creamed melon waits in reserve. The echo of brioche and anise wafts beautifully through the finish and this seems like it will need a year or two to stretch out fully. "The original parcels used for the wine are schist and the wine was often big and smiley. But now as we have added granite parcels and the wine has a different balance and will age. It's very different from the regular Condrieu," said Philippe
Freshness, round, rich and full-bodied. Fully expressive of the terroir. Great finesse and freshness.
White flowers, apricot, white peaches. Intensely powerful and elegant aromas.