Guigal Hermitage 1999
Wine Advocate #140 (Apr 2002) Robert Parker (91-94) points Drink 2006-2020; The 1999 Hermitage looks like a candidate for a score between 91-94. It appears to be the best red Hermitage Guigal has made, and the addition of the new components has improved the wine. In fact, I would not be surprised to see Guigal ultimately cull out the best lots of red Hermitage and introduce a new luxury cuvee. The 1999 Hermitage is great stuff, with a saturated ruby/purple color and a striking nose of creme de cassis, a layered texture, sweet tannin, and a sumptuous mouthfeel. This should prove to be a stunningly outrageous Hermitage to drink between 2006-2020.
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).
Wine Advocate #147 (Jun 2003) Robert Parker 90 points Drink 2007-2021; The 1999 Hermitage has shut down since bottling, but it exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as a big, masculine, virile nose of roasted meats, pepper, earth, minerals, and black fruits. Currently closed and impenetrable, it should open with another 4-5 years of cellaring, and age for 15-18 years.
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