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 Vintage1998 Label 1 of 21 
TypeRed
ProducerE. Guigal (web)
VarietySyrah
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionRhône
SubRegionNorthern Rhône
AppellationHermitage
UPC Code(s)3536650000031, 790559201002

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2018 (based on 15 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Guigal Hermitage on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.2 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 59 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by jmcmchi on 12/28/2014 & rated 75 points: Abysmally disappointing.
Nose eventually revealed something resembling a Syrah bouquet. On palate, thin, acidic without any charm and well past whatever had been its best
Personal observation is that Guigal's Cote Rotie and Hermitage "generic" labels do not last well beyond 12 years. (844 views)
 Tasted by dsamuel on 12/4/2014 & rated 91 points: Medium crimson with clear rim. Aromas of dark fruit/ cherry/ cocoa with light smoke. Medium plus weight in mouth, sweet silky tannins which awe well integrated. Medium/ medium plus length. Drinking really well right now. As previously noted, this is a feminine Hermitage, very enjoyable (950 views)
 Tasted by tcosgriff on 11/22/2014 & rated 85 points: Purple color with a barnyard bouquet and with a vague flavor of fruit and leather. Not a very compelling wine, with no balance or nuance.
Probably over the hill. Second bottle tasted the next day was very similar. (971 views)
 Tasted by cct on 4/17/2014 & rated 91 points: (From 375 pop and pour)

More ripe dark fruit with a level of ripeness I did not get in previous bottles with an almost grenache-y plumpness. Medium full bodied and well balanced, with white pepper, black olives, rare gamey meat, and good savory notes. There is clarity and poise here. An outstanding, very enjoyable and well made, but to pick nits, not very distinctive wine drinking at peak. Probably would have showed a bit better with food, but this day at work necessitated this half bottle being finished prior to the food being ready. 91 pts. (1938 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 2/13/2014 & rated 93 points: Hermitage and other N. Rhones (Jeff K's.): This is in a very nice place now, probably about as good as it will get. No hurry though. The nose has black raspberries, some bacon fat and a bit of spice. Lovely texture. Complex. Not a brute but still plenty of fruit. Long finish. (2309 views)
 Tasted by iamandyc on 1/9/2014 & rated 91 points: Very light in color and body for a Hermitage. Drank over two days. Remained feminine over this span. Well balanced with good freshness. A really good food wine. (1595 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 12/18/2013: Dark but not opaque, no evident maturity. Wonderful aromatics of meat, iron, blackberry, black flowers, and later, higher toned herb. Round and very silky for Hermitage. It is just developing secondary nuance atop the very solid core of fruit and sound acidity. Tannins still present but don't get in the way of enjoyment now. Really quite impressive and on track for another decade of improvement and pleasurable drinking. These '98 northern Rhones are unsung heroes, with the subsequent vintage getting all the attention and hype. (1792 views)
 Tasted by thwacker on 12/17/2013 & rated 92 points: took to French group dinner. outstanding, deep purple color and expressive nose of dark fruits and earthiness. Tannins were very silky and wine had long, persistent finish. (1594 views)
 Tasted by hsacks on 8/23/2013 & rated 92 points: Similar to the 2/18/11 bottle except a touch more youthful. (1347 views)
 Tasted by Marcyrillo on 8/8/2013 & rated 92 points: Confraria - Rhone (Agnello): Incredible young for its age, robust, "fruity", great acidity, ripe. Belissimo! (738 views)
 Tasted by LFCHALA on 8/8/2013 & rated 93 points: Wine Tasting - 2013 - August (Agello Restaurant - São Paulo - SP): Very good wine. Modern. Full body. Despite being young, shows some signs of evolution and complexity. Should greatly improve with aging. It was rated between 91 and 95 points. My assessment was 93 points. (1176 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 3/3/2013: Still deep and primary looking. Enticing aromatics-meat, cocoa, and a dusting of herbs. Medium to full bodied, very round and well put together. Blackberry fruit that is perfectly ripe and some licorice; the flavors are a step behind the nose in their development. Two things really surprised me-the youthfulness and volume of the wine. While highly enjoyable now, it remains rather simple with the promise of more complexity with further bottle aging. (2001 views)
 Tasted by RA1 on 1/30/2013 & rated 91 points: Same notes as salil...nice wine but not especially powerful, more on the feminine side but with a persistent and smooth finish. (1730 views)
 Tasted by salil on 10/18/2012 & rated 91 points: CT blind group tasting at David's (Enfield, CT): Surprised to see this was a Guigal Hermitage when unveiled - it doesn't have the power and richness I expect from Hermitage; I'd guessed this might be a St. Joseph, but I'm also really pleasantly surprised to see how little apparent oak there is here. It's all about bright peppery, meaty and leathery elements around a core of gentle red fruited flavours, elegant and polished in the mouth and drinking very nicely right now with the tannins quite gentle and a bright acid spine keeping it very fresh and lively. (2731 views)
 Tasted by Rieslingfan on 10/17/2012 & rated 88 points: Nicely done. Not a big Hermitage, but plenty of Syrah typicity, and not a lot of oak. The acidity is fresh enough to make this a lively drink. Nice. (1858 views)
 Tasted by indiscriminate palate on 10/17/2012: TTTG Blind (DB): Surprised this was a Hermitage - and that's a good thing for my palate. Red fruit-driven, elegant, pure, great acidity; the syrah bacon and meat notes in the background. (1890 views)
 Tasted by melli0 on 7/18/2012 & rated 93 points: Very nice bottle and I am sad that it was my last. Very nicely aged but still had some tannic backbone. Very well integrated and nice dark cherry notes. (1872 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/29/2012: There has been some bottle variation, but this is the last bottle of the case and the best. Similar to the 10/23/11 note, this was very good right out of the bottle and went really well with food. A- (1922 views)
 Tasted by iamandyc on 1/7/2012 & rated 93 points: Awesome wine both day 1 and 2. Fragrant nose of black cherry, leather and earth. Beautiful deep color, dense body and great fruit. The earthiness and structure rounded out the wine. Outstanding. (1936 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/5/2011: Was fine and similar to last note but showing bit of a roasted side. I think this bottle was slightly off. B+ (2106 views)
 Tasted by ekenneth on 11/28/2011 & rated 93 points: Rich deep old Hermitage that will last for a long time. Pepper, olive and chocolate on the palate. (2233 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 10/23/2011: Popped and poured. Solid in every way - good fruit, Rhone characteristics, and a nice finish that feels very '98, with good acid and appropriate fruit - nothing overbearing about it at all. Nothing stunning about this but is very enjoyable with food and has no rough edges to it. Possible it would improve with air. Drink now, but should hold a bit. B+/A- (2193 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 5/5/2011: Dark brooding color. Beautiful Syrah aromatics of violet, leather and blackberry. Not huge but forceful palate impression with a very nice wrapping of lush fruit that does not take away from its serious black fruit core and proper acidity. Excellent wine and the best example of Guigal Hermitage that I can recall tasting. (3008 views)
 Tasted by cct on 3/22/2011 & rated 93 points: Half bottle. Pop and pour.

Meaty, bloody, peppery nose, with blood oranges, and black/red berries. Mid to full bodied and very animale. Deep and well delineated. More bloody game, green and black olives, white pepper, and leather/ savory notes. A little wild but not brash. The tannins are in a good place here, adding but not distracting from an altogether very enjoyable bottle of wine. I usually find this particular bottling to err on the side of "Varietally correct and true to its terroir, but not inspired". That said, this bottle is punching above that weight. Outstanding and early peak. 93pts (2809 views)
 Tasted by hsacks on 2/18/2011 & rated 92 points: Medium red color. Aromas of red fruits, leather, coffee and herbs. Ripe, beautifully balanced fruit in the mouth with excellent depth and structure. Complex and long with well-integrated fine tannins, this wine still very fresh and delicious to drink. At peak. (2778 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, January/February 2002, IWC Issue #100
(E. Guigal Hermitage) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, January/February 2001, IWC Issue #94
(E. Guigal Hermitage) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (5/25/2003)
(E. Guigal Hermitage) Fresh berry nose; tasty bacon, cherry and root beer palate; medium-plus finish  92 points
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E. Guigal

Producer website - Read more about E. Guigal Chateauneuf du Pape
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Syrah

Varietal article (Wikipedia) | (Wines Northwest)

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Rhône

Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Northern Rhône

Guide to the wines and appellations of the Northern Rhone Valley -

The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Regional History:
Phocaean Greeks established viticulture in the Rhone as far back as 600 BC, but until the 14th century the wines were not seen outside the region. The establishment of the Avignonese Papacy (1305-1377) brought fame to the region's wine-so much so that their Burgundian neighbors to the north banned wines from the Rhone in 1446, a measure that effectively cut off trade with England and other Northern European markets for over 200 years. Stretching southward from Lyon to just south of Avignon, the Rhone produces a wide variety of wines, with the appellations north of Valence producing the least (in volume), and the towns south of Montelimar producing prodigious amounts. As in other regions, the most interesting wines come from small farms. Saint-Joseph, in the northern Rhone, extends for some distance between Condrieu in the north to Saint-Peray in the south. The reds are made from Syrah and the rare whites from Marsanne and Rousanne, and Viognier.

Hermitage

Guide to Hermitage wine

• The appellation stretches over 3 com­munes in the Drôme "département" : Tain-l'Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Larnage.

• The soils are a combination of grani­te with alluvial quaternary delta depo­sits, and, on the eastern side, Pliocene clay. This diversity explains the nume­rous different names given to vineyard plots within the appellation : Bessards, Greffieux, Méal, Roucoule, Beaumes, etc.

• The meso-climate provides shelter from the north winds, where the majo­rity of the slopes is well exposed, facing south.

•The vineyards area adds up to 134 hectares/331 acres, with an annual production of 3,635 hectoliters. Authorized maxi­mum yield is 40 hectoliters/hectare (2.3 US tons/acres).

• Grape varieties : Syrah (an addition of up to 15% of Marsanne or Roussanne is allowed).

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