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Château-Grillet - 2019

Item # 11195 750mL

Château Grillet is much like a Condrieu, but an appellation unto itself. Perhaps the finest and most sought after Viognier wines in the world because they age so beautifully, similar in spirit to La Romanée or La Tâche. This is not Condrieu. Whispered reverence by sommeliers describing ambrosial apricots, elusive truffles and honey, mingling with Meditterranean clementines, all evolving elegantly, becoming among the few mythic wines in the world.

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Lush. I could bore you with stats on the Ch. Grillet Monopole, vintages, soils, etc., but I'd rather just talk about the pleasures of this wine. Voluptuous. Like Marilyn Monroe, this viognier has curves for days. It is rich, honeyed and mouth filling. Hedonistic. Yellow roses, orange blossom, poached pear, stewed apricot, nougat, white truffles, saffron. Ambrosia. She will age with stunning grace, but it drinks perfectly now. Sometimes its better to shine twice as bright for half as long.

- EG

About the Producer

Northern Rhône Valley, France Château Grillet both a winery and is one of the more unique stories in French wine history. It was known to Thomas Jefferson, who stopped by the winery and its 3.8 hectare during his diplomatic stint in France. Even then, this modest Viognier was regarded among the best in the world. Château Grillet, located in the northern Rhône wine region of France, south of...

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