1990 Guigal - Hermitage 750ml

France - Northern Rhone - Hermitage/ Red / Syrah   |     Watch

WS 93   RP 90   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Beautiful aromas of raspberry and cedar follow through on the lush, full palate. It's intense and well crafted, with a long, rich finish. Drink now. 5,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 1994+
Author: James Laube

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Rhone Book(1997) | Rating: 90

Although variable from bottle to bottle, this wine can be Guigal's best recent red Hermitage. Marcel Guigal believes it is the finest Hermitage made at this firm since 1955. I have followed the 1990 since I first tasted its component parts. It exhibits a nose of intense peppery, jammy, black-raspberry fruit intertwined with scents of smoke, vanillin, and spices. With full body, great depth of fruit, purity, and considerable tannin in the finish, it is already approachable because of its long aging in foudres and small barrels. This is a rich, thick, concentrated wine. Last tasted 6/96.

Drink Dates: 1996-2009
Author: Robert Parker

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: biggsy
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 08/01/2009
Garnet with a brick rim. Lovely soft nose with jammy raspberry fruits, smoke and a hint of vanilla. Medium body with good acidity and rich smooth tannins. Intense deep flavours, long into the throat. Sweet red fruits, mixed nuts, smoky tobacco, leather and pepper. Sweet vanilla coated almonds in the long finish. Superb.

Rating: 92
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/09/2009
Drink Dates: 1997-2012
Dark purple with tobacco on the nose. This wine is drinking beatifully. Dark fruit and spice mixed with smoke on the palate. Still has plenty of life left.

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Rating: 91
Author: Robert S662
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/01/2014
Drink Dates:
Delicious. Elegant but not fading.

Rating: 89
Author: PurpleTeeth
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/20/2010
Drink Dates: 2003-2013
Still in its drinking window. Smooth, submerged tannins. Hints of saddle leather on the nose with black tea on the finish. The mid-palate was rather hollow and nondescript, and the finish was about average. Easy-drinking and food-friendly. Probably has another three to five years of life left, depending upon the bottle.

Average rating: 92, based on 6 reviews
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529 bottles owned by 157 collectors.

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About This Producer

Marcel Guigal - the so-called "pivot" of the Cote-Rotie appellation - is both an owner and negociant, and vinifies over 40% of all Cote-Rotie. His father, Etienne, started out quite modestly in 1946, and over the next decades the company has grown to encompass all that is best in the Rhone Valley. Not only known for the massive hits in Hermitage and Cote-Rotie, the Guigal name is synonymous with quality all along the scale, from the humble Cotes-du-Rhone to the Big Three - La Landonne, La Mouline and La Turque.

See other similar producers: Chapoutier, Domaine Charvin

Wine Varietal: Syrah

While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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