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2011 Domaine Barou Condrieu

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2011 Domaine Barou Condrieu

Producer: Domaine Barou
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Viognier
Origin: France
Region: Rhone
Appellation: Condrieu

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90 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2013

Light yellow-gold.  Sexy, mineral-inflected aromas of orchard and pit fruits, with a suave floral overtone.  Poached pear and peach flavors gain flesh and an exotic quality with air while juicy acidity adds back-end lift and focus.  Closes on a sappy note, with very good breadth, clarity and length.  I'd drink this open-knit Condrieu now, for its fruit.

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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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