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2011 Domaine Francois Villard Viognier Les Contours de Deponcins Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes

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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March 2013

Bright yellow-gold.  Ripe pit fruits and pear nectar on the nose and in the mouth, with smoke and floral accents adding complexity.  Lush, creamy and a touch warm, with an exotic mango note coming up on the smooth, clinging finish.  In a rich style that's well suited to spicy Thai or Malaysian food.

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