Let's get one thing straight. I'm a Riesling fanatic. I'm working my way through MSR, little by little, and I make a beeline for the German wines whenever I go to a store.
But my absolute favorite producer, an unexpected delight, is Guigal. Guigal, Guigal, Guigal. It's rarely mentioned here, a surprise to me, as he's been one of my top ten wines and I'm curious as to why nobody else has said so, too. I've been gushing for years about the 1990 La Turque, and how utterly perfect it was. An absolutely captivating nose, flowing with deep, rich flavors, a finish that lingered for ages, and a great, mellow taste. This was in the winter of 2008.
But even with a bottle priced on the higher side of three digits, I found myself loving the standard 2006 Côtes du Rhône. Rough around the edges, a little harsh, but that nice forest taste and spiciness. It's fifteen bucks. It's amazing. Guigal makes me want to seek out more of these.
Dying to try some earlier La Landonnes. In the whites, I've extolled the virtues of Donnhoff and Trimbach. I'm a whore for Donnhoff, truly. Merkelbach is a favorite. I could go on for ages about my whites and Germans, but the Guigal was a fantastic surprise.
So, enough of the diatribe. Who are your favorite producers? Who has delivered, consistently, on your tastes? And what do you recommend?