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2011 Domaine Francois Villard Condrieu Coteaux de Poncins

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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2013

Vivid yellow.  Bright, mineral-accented aromas of lemon curd, pear and nectarine, with floral and vanilla notes.  Sappy, smoky and expansive, offering mineral-tinged citrus and pit fruit flavors that gain flesh and weight in the glass.  Closes on a smoky note with excellent persistence and lingering honeysuckle and poached pear flavors.

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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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