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The Wines

1999 Viognier from La Roncharde at Condrieu, fermented, raised 5-year old 228-litre oak casks 7 months, lees stirred, malo completed, 500-1,000 b, will not be produced after 2008

2008 ()

quite yellow colour – rich looking wine. Has a wide, pebbly air – dried apricot, flan-banana, toast backing, a salted top, fennel. The palate is tight as a drum – this is classic meaty Viognier, with a red wine form to it, one that can live – note that it comes from Condrieu itself, the heart of the appellation. Lovely wine, good grip and length, a lot of content, and no show business. 13.5°. “I made it for food, and to live – grilled lobster, for instance,” J-M Stéphan. 2020-21 Nov 2009

2007

bright yellow, wee gold tints. Has a mellow, soft, abundant nose – cooked pear, pear skin, salt, banana and flan. Has a well-fashioned debut to the palate, with gras richness emerging – it is more of a buttery, crème patisserie wine than the 2008, and is long, with a peach-inspired aftertaste. It is also more generous, more founded than the 2008. It is even like Roussanne at the end, with an attractive freshness there. Has developed in a major way since tasted at a public event in March. “I think of Riesling – this is very easy to drink – a foie gras would be good with it. The 2008 and 2007 are very different – we had rot in 2008, and none in 2007,” J-M Stéphan. 13.5°. 2019-21 Nov 2009 Previously March 2009 **(*) steady bouquet – apple, baked apple, fruit tart aroma. There is pretty fruit on the palate – has a supple and pretty, fresh richness. There is taste of pear and a little late nuttiness. Good, relaxed Condrieu, a pretty wine. Maybe that limestone adds a little zip. To 2011. March 2009