Powerful and aromatic Viognier from a small plot of the 35-year-old vines. Candied ginger, peaches, melon, lychee, and lily. Winemaker François Gérard makes a more mineral-driven style of Condrieu.
Condrieu can be spectacular wine, but it's so hard to do right. In the wrong hands it can be overly perfumed and flowery with little acidity and mineral structure to back it up. However, when it's done right, the synergy of exotic fruit, floral bouquet and velvet texture can be a transporting experience.
François Gérard has given us a wonderful example of the potential of the viognier variety. From 35 year old vines, this is a mineral-driven wine that follows through to a lengthy finish. Jasmine, lychee, citrus and ginger are all in play on the palate and nose, while the finish goes on and on.
This is one for decanting now or to lay down for a few years. Delicious!
Prestige in the north, value in the south: that’s the quick version of the Rhône story. Southern village appellations produce a dizzying stylistic range of delicious wines, while the prices for northern “trophy” bottles can be dizzyingly high. If you like smoky, leathery, earthy, macho red wines, however, the wines of the northern Rhône are well worth it. Prestigious northern Rhône appellations...
Some of the most intriguing wines associated with the white Viognier grape contain hardly any Viognier at all: in the Côte Rôtie appellation, wine must be made principally from the red Syrah grape, but up to 20 percent (often far less) can be of white Viognier. The practice of adding Viognier to Syrah began as a way of taming the very ripe, tannic reds of the hot Côte Rôtie ("roasted slope"), but...
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