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The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Côte-Rôtie. In these vineyards of over 2400 years old you can still see the small terraced walls characteristic of the Roman period. Etienne Guigal arrived in this region in 1923 at the age of 14. He made wine over 67 vintages and, at the beginning of his career, participated in the development of the Vidal-Fleury establishment.
Despite his young age, Marcel Guigal took over from his father in 1961 when the latter was victim to a brutal illness rendering him blind. Marcel’s hard work and perseverance enabled the Guigals to buy out Vidal-Fleury in 1984, although the establishment retains its own identity and commercial autonomy. In 2000, the Guigals purchased the Jean-Louis GRIPPAT estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage as well as the Domaine de VALLOUIT in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.
"The powerful, backward 1998 Hermitage was produced from wine purchased from such vineyards as Les Bessards, Les Baumes, Meal, and Dionnieres. It is powerful, tannic, slightly austere, but long in the mouth with copious quantities of cassis fruit. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020.
To assess Guigal's Hermitage, I tasted through every element that will be blended together for the assemblage, including those cuvees from Grippat's and De Vallouit's vineyards as well as wine purchased from growers such as Sorrel and Fayolle. Readers will notice a significant increase in the quality of Guigal's Hermitage beginning with 1999, largely because of the fruit from Grippat and De Vallouit (particularly the latter's Les Greffieres)." -Rated 90, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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