2005 e. guigal, saint-joseph, vignes de l'hospice
Why We're Buying
Guigal Saint-Joseph Vignes de l'Hospice hails from the vineyard adjacent to the legendary Hermitage. At a time, Saint-Joseph was once considered the superior of the two. This syrah carries on the region's tradition of world-class red wines and returned 13.4% on investment in 2020.
Shows a modern kiss of toast up front, but it quickly melds into the fleshy currant, fig and hoisin sauce notes, which are followed by cocoa and violet. The nicely rounded finish shows superb length and balance. Best from 2009 through 2014. 800 cases made. (JM)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Reminiscent of the 2010, yet more detailed and focused, the 2005 Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospice boasts fabulous creme de cassis, blackberry, licorice, burning ember and smoke to go with a full-bodied, serious, backward, concentrated and thrillingly structured profile. The purity, balance and overall class here is off-the-charts. In need of another 2-3 years to start to round into form, it will see its 25th birthday in fine form. (JD)