Guigal Hermitage blanc 2007-2009 (Winegate): Clear, med gold color. The nose is clean, med/med+, oaky nose with ripe stone fruit, tropical fruit, tin pineapple and apricot syrup, hint of smoke, almond, chestnut, developing. The wine is dry, med+ to full body, med+ intensity, med acidity, med alcohol (13.50%), dense, ripe apricot and pineapple, bitter almond, chestnut and mango, tropical fruit in the med+ to long finish. Very good quality, premium price, drinking now but could hold
APPEARANCE: clear; deep gold; medium legs & tears NOSE: clean; medium intensity; flavour characteristics: floral(buttercup, linden), green apple, stone fruit (peach), mango; developing PALATE: dry; high acidity; medium+ body; medium+ alcohol; long finish; pronounced flavour intensity; flavour characteristics: as per nose: lemon, lime, green apple, pear, stone fruit (peach), mango READINESS FOR DRINKING: Can drink now, but has potential for further ageing FURTHER REMARKS: well made Viognier, nice structure and balance and potential for ageing. Maybe lacks a bit of complexity.
Nez mentholé, grillé, à l’aveugle on part sur un rhône sud, en bouche belle richesse, une bouteille plaisant bien faite. Légère déception de la part de certain à la lecture de l’appellation. Certains attendant plus de finesse et de volume… après on est pas chez Chave… 86
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