2020 Collines Rhodaniennes, Viognier, Mouton Père & Fils, Rhône

2020 Collines Rhodaniennes, Viognier, Mouton Père & Fils, Rhône

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2020 Collines Rhodaniennes, Viognier, Mouton Père & Fils, Rhône

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Father and son Jean-Claude and Bryan Mouton are renowned for their Condrieu. This Viognier comes from vineyards just outside that appellation. While it may not have quite the weight and waxiness of a true Condrieu, it nevertheless shows the charm of the Viognier grape at a fraction of the price. Typical aromas of apricot and cream lead into a slightly flinty, struck match note. The Moutons aim for freshness and so the wine, though warming and full-bodied, has a pleasing citrus acidity, and a hint of bitter lemon on the finish. Drink 2022-2025.

Barbara Drew MW, Content and Education Manager, Berry Bros. & Rudd (Apr 2022)

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Mouton Père & Fils

Mouton Père & Fils

Jean-Claude Mouton’s vines sit high above the village of Condrieu. His modest winery is located right on the top of the hill, giving a wonderful view over the valley below. He currently farms 3.4 hectares in the appellation, with another 1.5 due to come over the next few years. His two Condrieu lieux dits cuvées express two quite different terroirs. One is mainly planted on granite, the other based on a mixture of clay, limestone and loess. In the winery, minimal new oak is used – the wines are matured in Burgundian barrels with little to no toasting. 

Jean-Claude’s son, Bryan, now shares the duties with his father and divides his time between the vineyards and the winery. Bryan acknowledges that 2020 was difficult for Viognier as the powerful sunshune caused alcohols to rise ahead of the phenolic maturity of the grapes. They had to manage this very carefully in the vineyard. The fact that Mouton Père et Fils ’20s are ripe yet full of elegance and restraint is testament to their significant skill. The ’20 vintage also introduces a new single vineyard wine to the Mouton fold, Corbery, vinified and matured 100% in concrete eggs. We really love the precision and purity of the new cuvée, bravo!

 

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VdP des Collines Rhodaniennes

VdP des Collines Rhodaniennes

Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes is a sub-division of the broader regional appellation of Vin de Pays des Comtés Rhodaniens  and encompasses wines produced in the Rhone valley.

Yves Cuilleron and Domaine Vins de Vienne (the Yves Cuilleron - Pierre Gaillard & François Villard joint venture) are the star performers in this Vin de Pays appellation, offering red and white wines from Syrah and Viogner.  The wines are distinctly modern-styled yet filled with terroir character and show depth of fruit and powerful structure.

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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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