An elegant, attractive Brézème Blanc wine that reveals aromas and flavours of nuts and orchard fruit prior to a clean, dry finish. Benefits from decanting and should not be served too chilled. Ideal as an aperitif or with seafood, fish or poultry.
This vintage enjoyed very balanced climatic conditions with a cold Winter and a warm Summer following a late Spring. A sunny September, with cool nights, provided an optimal pre-harvest environment.
The finished wine has attractive grapefruit scents with apricot and floral notes preceding a palate of white peaches with a soft, creamy texture and long, elegant finish.
Pontcin is the new 'second' wine from mythical 3.8 hectare Rhône monopole, Château Grillet.
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Christine Vernay's 'Le Pied de Samson' bottling is not actually a Condrieu per se as it hails from the upper plateau, above 300 metres above sea level, which doesn’t fall within the boundaries of the official appellation, so is bottled as a relatively humble Vin de Pays. No matter, it's a Viognier that gives many a vrai Condrieu a good run for its money.
It makes an alluring aperitif and requires little accompaniment save perhaps a few olives. It is intended for relatively forward drinking over the next 2-3 years.
The jewel in the Vernay crown and, to many observers, the finest Condrieu bar none, the celebrated ‘Coteau de Vernon’ hails from a steeply-terraced, single vineyard in the centre of the appellation.
It drinks wonderfully well from release but will keep for up to 20 years in all but the lighter vintages. Bring on the quenelles!
"Even better are the late-released 2010s. The 2010 Condrieu 'Les Chailees de l'Enfer' is fabulous. A stunning nose of spring flowers, honeysuckle, lychee nuts and vague tropical fruits soars from the glass. Medium to full-bodied with great acidity as well as minerality, this beautiful white wine can be enjoyed over the next several years. " RP94.
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate, Dec. 2012.
This Condrieu 'Terrasses de l'Empire' from Domaine Georges Vernay is bien classique, with subtle scents and flavours of white peaches, lychees and grilled nuts, a taffeta texture and persistent palate. It is a classic of the appellation.
Francois Merlin, now ably assisted by son Laurent, makes a delicious and stylish Condrieu wine which has alluring, minerally undertones and a long elegant finish, with enough weight to accompany seafood and poultry in creamy sauces.
This Viognier merits special commendation as it is a difficult grape to grow and vinify, and this version from Vignerons Ardéchois has lovely exotic fruit characteristics and a finesse that belies its modest price tag. Light enough to be drunk on its own as an aperitif, it has enough weight to take fish, poultry and substantial salads in its stride.
This superb white Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet, made from a blend of Viognier, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Roussanne and Grenache, is fresh and dry with ample apricot and peach flavours offset by mineral undertones.
Julien Seydoux's delicious white Faugères is from a blend of 45% Marsanne, 45% Roussanne and 10% Viognier and it's a versatile partner for fish and poultry dishes. This bottling is called 'L'Impertinent' in homage to Julien's cheeky Fox Terrier who is depicted on the label.
A vibrant northern Rhône Viognier at a 'petit prix'. With bags of varietal character, it is packed with ripe, tropical fruit flavours and was a happy find when we tasted in situ.
This impressive organic Viognier from Jasper Hill has beguiling honeysuckle scents and a wonderfully expressive citrus-edged palate.
New to our list in 2015 is this precocious 'IGP' Viognier from the Leydier family (Domaine de Durban) whose sweet Muscat de Beaumes de Venise wines we have been taking for some years.
This new addition demonstrates the high quality of the family's dry whites and we hope you'll agree that it represents indecent value for money.
This peachy blend of typical Rhône varietals (Viognier, Roussanne and Grenache) grown on the edge of the Cévennes, stands head and shoulders above most Languedoc whites.
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