2019 Condrieu, La Bonnette, Domaine René Rostaing, Rhône

2019 Condrieu, La Bonnette, Domaine René Rostaing, Rhône

Product: 20191116027
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2019 Condrieu, La Bonnette, Domaine René Rostaing, Rhône

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This comes from Rostaing’s hectare on largely granitic soils at the top of the hill. It’s tropical, with lychees, apricots and candied peel bolstered by ginger and vanilla spice. A luscious body and oily texture are balanced by juicy acidity. Orange blossom and honey notes persist on the palate. Drink now to 2024.
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Domaine Rene Rostaing

Domaine Rene Rostaing

René Rostaing’s son Pierre has now taken up the reins of this domaine and is running it very successfully. In the winery, Pierre continues to use predominantly whole-bunch fermentation, and maturation in demi-muid barrels. The domaine’s style endures too, beautifully showcasing the terroir and producing extremely dark, rich and long-lived wines.

Pierre comments that in 2019, as with 2018, the grapes matured very quickly in the latter part of the growing season. This meant that, when it came to picking, the fruit was ripe and extremely healthy, resulting in wines of wonderful phenolic complexity.

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Condrieu

Condrieu

Until you’ve tasted Viognier grown in Condrieu, you’ve never truly experienced the grape’s majesty. In the same way that winemakers the world over have planted Pinot Noir in the hope of emulating red Burgundy, so too they’ve planted Viognier in the hope of achieving the unique balance of exotic perfume, weight and freshness for which Condrieu is famed. Few succeed. Traditionally, winemakers here have used relatively inert, large wooden vessels vinification and élevage are in relatively inert, large, wooden vessels, but the new generation of winemakers are increasingly interested in the qualities of new oak.

Plantings have expanded beyond the core of the AOC, around the village itself, to 140 hectares from the low of eight hectares in the 1960s. The vineyards pick up where Côte-Rôtie leaves off, the slope continues, but the schist of the north begins to give way to a little more granite and a topsoil of decomposed mica. Today the appellation is characterised by energy and creativity, and demand for the wines from this diminutive region is soaring.

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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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