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2008 Delas Freres Condrieu Clos Boucher
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2010

Vivid yellow-gold. An intensely floral bouquet displays scents of citrus peel, peach, melon, violet and crushed stone. Taut and penetrating, with terrific purity and delicacy to the lemon and pit fruit flavors. Zesty minerality adds clarity and cut. The finish is sharply focused, pure and very long, but for all its vibrancy this wine maintains a pliant texture. The exposure of this vineyard (Clos Bouche), which features 50-year-old vines, is identical to that of neighbor Chateau Grillet, and it shares similar granite and mica schist soils.

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About Condrieu

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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