2017 Condrieu, Côte Bonnette, Domaine Mouton, Rhône

2017 Condrieu, Côte Bonnette, Domaine Mouton, Rhône

Product: 20171134720
2017 Condrieu, Côte Bonnette, Domaine Mouton, Rhône

Description

The Bonnette vineyard tends to produce a more linear style of Condrieu, of which this cuvee is a good example. The nose shows white blossom, apricot and a touch of pear fruit, whereas the palate is focused around peach and citrus, with a lovely creamy mouthfeel from the 50% elevage in oak. The finish is fresh, long and textured with delicate minerality. Drink now to 2023.
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Domaine Mouton

Domaine Mouton

Jean Claude Mouton is a worthy representative of the new generation in the northern Rhône; who, despite the lofty location of his winery, high above the mighty river, is still on an upward trajectory in terms of reputation.

He is fortunate, in this respect, in having two perfectly located vineyards in the steep granitic slopes of Côte Chatillon in Condrieu and the schistous terraces of the Côte Blonde above Ampuis in Côte-Rôtie; he makes benchmark wines in each appellation.

Generous barrel maturation in both cases allows the famous terroir a full and harmonious expression.

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Condrieu

Condrieu

Condrieu is to Viognier what the Côte de Nuits is to Pinot Noir. There are now plantings of Viognier worldwide, but this pernickety grape’s spiritual homeland is still in Condrieu – where the finest Viogniers in the world are still produced.

The appellation was created in 1940, and today over 40 growers produce wine from just over 100 hectares of vineyards. In 1965 the appellation covered only eight hectares.

Guigal accounts for 45 percent of the appellation’s production.  The vineyards are adjacent to those of Côte-Rôtie, but not as steep. The best Condrieu wines are produced from soils that are on narrow, south-facing or south-east-facing terraces of granite – where the average vine age is around 50 years old.

Condrieu is solely made from the Viognier grape. As well as being situated next to Côte-Rôtie it also encompasses the separate AC of Château-Grillet. The wines are dry with a wonderful floral nose of peaches, apricots, violets and pears. They are quite alcoholic, with low-ish acidity. Condrieus are best enjoyed when young to ensure they maintain their freshness and delicate fruit flavours.

Recommended producers: Pierre GaillardMouton Père et Fils

Best vintages: 2006, 2005, 2004

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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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The Wine Advocate91/100
The 2017 Condrieu Cote Bonnette starts off with floral, apricot and citrus notes. It's medium to full-bodied, with a plump feel that quickly turns more linear and citrusy, with a fresh, zesty component on the long finish. Nicely balanced, it should age well for 2-3 years.
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