Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Cépage Viognier 'Grès du Trias' 2018
This Viognier from the Ardèche 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, this wine has enough weight to take fish, poultry and substantial salads in its stride.
A wine with lush, almost tropical, fruit aromas and a pert, peachy palate with an elegant, dry finish, this Viognier from Les Vignerons Ardèchois is a superb interpretation of one of the Rhône valley's noble white grapes.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Ardèche|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Viognier|
|Food & Wine Matching||Curry, Olives, Thai Food|
|Cellarage||Best drunk young within 2-3 years of production.|
|Vinification||Rigorously controlled and graded grapes are harvested at optimum maturity, pressed and fermented in thermo-regulated stainless steel tanks prior to fining, filtration and Spring bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14|
The Vignerons Ardéchois Cave Co-opérative (also known as U.V.I.C.A - Union des Vignerons des Coteaux de l'Ardèche) has its roots in the late 1960s when the Presidents of 7 major Cave Co-opératives agreed a unified policy of modernisation, re-planting and marketing. Based in the town of Ruoms, 20 kilometres south of Aubenas this forward-thinking, modernist collective has done much to revive the fortunes of this ancient vine-area, which dates back to Roman times. Today the Vignerons Ardéchois co-operative represents some 2000 grape growers from 21 different smaller co-operatives. U.V.I.C.A is a terrific source of keenly-priced, well made single variety wines and accessible, fruit-driven blends.
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