93 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2008
($95) Green gold. Smoky, mineral-dominated aromas of yellow plum, melon, peach pit and graphite, with a zesty citrus overlay. Taut and deeply concentrated, offering fresh pit fruit and citrus flavors complemented by exotic anise and floral pastille. This remarkable bottling showed the longest finish of any Condrieu I tasted this year. This gets the same elevage (25% new oak) as the Chaillees de l'Enfer, according to Christine Vernay.
97 Points | Wine Spectator
96 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
The finest rendition of Viognier comes from the small Rhone Valley appellation of Condrieu, where the best wines from steep, granite-rich slopes show an exotic perfume of peach, apricot, pear, spring flowers, and honeysuckle; a rich but normally dry middle palate; and an overall sense of delicacy. A growing number of wines are being made with substantial residual sugar, but the trend to increasing...
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Emerging from the tiny appellation of Condrieu in the northern Rhone, Viognier has become a rising star in California vineyards, as our American palates have evolved to appreciate more aromatic white wines. Still, the most desired bottlings of Viognier continue to come from Condrieu, a region just south of the city of Lyon. Centuries of cultivation here have taught producers how to...
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