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2011 Delas Freres Condrieu La Galopine
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2013

Pale chartreuse color.  Vibrant, mineral-laced aromas and flavors of citrus fruits, nectarine and honeysuckle.  Broad, sappy and penetrating, displaying a striking balance of richness and vivacity.  Closes on a sexy floral note, with excellent clarity and mineral-driven length.  The 2010, which I was able to re-try this winter, is showing quite a bit more heft and power than the '11 version and possesses even more intense minerality as well.  I know that the common wisdom is that Condrieu doesn't age well but I'm betting that that the '10 Galopine will reward at least a decade of patience. 

91 Points | Wine Spectator
91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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