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Viognier is an aromatic grape variety known for producing textural white wines with strong stone-fruit flavors. On the nose Viognier wines can be very floral, showing lavender and pollen aromas that are quite honeyed in sweeter examples. Apricots are the variety’s classic flavor association, often with a richness that can be interpreted as ripe peach

Wines from the Viognier grape:

  • Brézème: Domaine Lombard Blanc 2014

    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.

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    • Bottle £17.95
    • Bottle Case £215.40
  • Château Grillet 2010

    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.

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    • Bottle £130.00
    • Bottle Case £1,560.00
  • Château Grillet: Pontcin 2013

    Pontcin is the new 'second' wine from mythical 3.8 hectare Rhône monopole, Château Grillet. There's precious little to go around, so don't miss this opportunity!

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    • Bottle £45.00
    • Bottle Case £540.00
  • Collines Rhodaniennes: Domaine Georges Vernay 'Le Pied de Samson' 2014

    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.

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    • Bottle £25.00
    • Bottle Case £300.00
  • Condrieu: Domaine Georges Vernay 'Coteau de Vernon' 2011

    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!

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    • Bottle £90.00
    • Bottle Case £1,080.00
  • Condrieu: Domaine Georges Vernay 'Les Chaillées de l'Enfer' 2011

    "Deeper and richer, the 2011 Condrieu Les Chaillees de L'Enfer is a complete extrovert on the nose, with exotic tropical, lychee, lemon peel and apricot-like nuances all soaring from the glass. Turning more floral with air, this medium-bodied, classy effort has a knockout texture and fantastic persistence on the finish. Enjoy it any time over the coming 4-5 years (it will hold for longer as well). " RP94. Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate, Dec. 2013.

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    • Bottle £69.00
    • Bottle Case £828.00
  • Condrieu: Domaine Georges Vernay 'Terrasses de l'Empire' 2014

    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.

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    • Bottle £49.00
    • Bottle Case £588.00
  • Condrieu: Domaine Merlin Francois 'Terroirs' 2013

    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.

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    • Bottle £34.00
    • Bottle Case £408.00
  • Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Cépage Viognier 2014

    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.

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    • Bottle £10.50
    • Bottle Case £126.00
  • Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet: Saint Gayan 2014

    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.

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    • Bottle £12.75
    • Bottle Case £153.00
  • Faugères: Château des Estanilles L'Impertinent Blanc 2014

    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.

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    • Bottle £13.75
    • Bottle Case £165.00
  • IGP Vin de Pays de la Drôme: Domaine Lombard Viognier 2014

    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.

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    • Bottle £10.95
    • Bottle Case £131.40
  • Vin de Pays de Vaucluse: Domaine de Durban Viognier 2014

    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 white wines and we hope you'll agree that it represents indecent value for money.

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    • Bottle £9.95
    • Bottle Case £119.40
  • Vin de Pays Duché d'Uzès: Domaine Camp Galhan 'Amanlie' 2014

    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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    • Bottle £10.95
    • Bottle Case £131.40