Viognier

Viognier

A white grape variety originating in the Northern Rhône and which in the last ten years has been increasingly planted in the Southern Rhône and the Languedoc.

It is a poor-yielding grape that is notoriously fickle to grow, being susceptible to a whole gamut of pests and diseases. Crucially it must be picked at optimum ripeness - if harvested too early and under-ripe the resulting wine can be thin, dilute and unbalanced, while if picked too late then the wine will lack the grape's distinctive peach and honeysuckle aroma. It is most successfully grown in the tiny appellations of Château-Grillet and Condrieu where it thrives on the distinctive arzelle granite-rich soils. It is also grown in Côte Rôtie where it lends aromatic richness to the wines when blended with Syrah.

Viognier has been on the charge in the Southern Rhône and the Languedoc throughout the 1990s and is now a key component of many white Côtes du Rhône. In Languedoc and Rousillon it is increasingly being bottled unblended and with notable success with richly fragrant wines redolent of overripe apricots and peaches and selling at a fraction of the price of their Northern Rhône cousins.

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2019 Condrieu, La Bonnette, Domaine René Rostaing, Rhône
White
2019
Ready, but will improve
Medium Bodied
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14.5% Alcohol
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2016 Viognier de Rosine, Collines Rhodaniennes, Stéphane Ogier, Rhône
White
2016
Ready, but will keep
Full Bodied
Dry
12.5% Alcohol
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2018 Condrieu, La Combe de Malleval, Domaine Michel et Stéphane Ogier
White
2018
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Full Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2010 Condrieu, La Doriane, E. Guigal, Rhône
White
2010
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Dry
14.5% Alcohol
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2019 Viognier, Collines Rhodaniennes, Domaine Mouton, Rhône
White
2019
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Dry
14.0% Alcohol
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2020 Condrieu, Domaine Gangloff, Rhône
White
2020
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Medium Bodied
Dry
15.0% Alcohol
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2020 Condrieu, Côte Chatillon, Domaine Mouton, Rhône
White
2020
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Dry
14.0% Alcohol
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