04 May 2006

Guigal 2001 Crozes-Hermitage

Guigal 2001 Crozes-Hermitage (Rhône) – Well-sweated leather and bright raspberry acid without the raspberry (except as a lingering memory of its presence) with a slightly fruity-vegetal tannin that’s not at all unpleasant…though it probably could be a little less green. The density increases with air. A nice, basic, almost introductory Crozes-Hermitage for early-term drinking.

Guigal’s quality has undergone a bit of an upsurge in recent years, with both better cellar and vineyard work and a more strict reliance on traditional typicities. That makes this wine (100% syrah from an overly-expansive vignoble) a bit of a find, since Crozes-Hermitage is pretty much the most dismal of the well-known Northern Rhône appellations; of what’s commonly available, only Graillot does reliably excellent work. This isn’t anywhere near the quality of Graillot’s wine, but it’s quite good in its own fashion, and shows its terroir to solid effect. Alcohol: 12.5%. Closure: cork. Importer: Ex Cellars. Web: http://www.guigal.com/.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for that post! I have some of this, and got it for a good price here. I agree pretty well with your notes, especially if you account for the fact that I have had very few good Northern Rhones to compare. My assessment would therefore be more enthusiastic than yours.

I like it a lot, and thought that it must represent the style fairly well.

Thor Iverson said...

Well, as I hinted, there's not much to compare it to. A lot of indifferent stuff. It's sorta like holding a Guillemot-Michel, Roally or Thévenet and trying to discern something about typicity in the Mâcon; Graillot would be the standard-bearer for the region (unless there's something I haven't had, which is certainly possible), and this was certainly nice enough and showed the terroir differences between Crozes-Hermitage and Hermitage. But the region as a whole is pretty much a wasteland, at least based on my tastings.