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2011 Domaine Francois Villard Condrieu Les Terrasses du Palat

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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2013

Bright yellow-gold.  Honey, pit fruits and pear skin on the perfumed nose, with notes of anise and white flowers adding complexity.  Stains the palate with sappy orchard fruit flavors and picks up a bitter peach pit nuance with air.  The floral note comes back on the finish, which shows very good breadth and smoky persistence.

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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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Viognier

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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