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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2018 Condrieu, Domaine Pierre Gaillard
White
2018
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14.0% Alcohol
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2017 Condrieu, Côte Chatillon, Domaine Mouton, Rhône
White
2017
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14.5% Alcohol
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2009 Condrieu, Chaillées de l'Enfer, Domaine Georges Vernay, Rhône
White
2009
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14.5% Alcohol
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2013 Condrieu, Côte Chatillon, Domaine Mouton
White
2013
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14.0% Alcohol
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2011 Côtes du Rhône, Pontcin, Château Grillet
White
2011
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Medium Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2016 Condrieu, La Doriane, Domaine E. Guigal
White
2016
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14.0% Alcohol
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