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Viognier from Sainte-Agathe (1974) near Condrieu appellation, and the plateau above it, 92-100% vat, 0-8% oak cask fermented, raised 8-10 months, malo blocked, 2,500-6,000 b

2018 ()

shiny yellow robe; the nose is fat, round, out there, on apricot, and notably pear, ripe pear, has grapey, musky notes. The palate gives a full, broad attack, pear in syrup, peach flavours, a nudge of wax. It ends firmly, on its compact gras, glycerol. The close is thick, sustained, no falling away, shows a hint of tannin. It’s good wine for la table. Bottled Aug 2019. 14.5°. 2023-24 Dec 2019  GB £97/6 b in bond The Wine Society +44(0)1438 741177 https://www.thewinesociety.com/openingoffer/Overview.aspx?offercode=wrh181

2017

yellow robe; has a neat, together nose which gives pear, lightly roasted nuts, peach – it lasts nicely. The palate is close-knit, a little on power, bears pear-Viognier fruit that is soaked or pear in syrup in style. This holds gras, that impression aided by its alcohol. The length is decent. This is correct, for la table, not aperitif. There’s a touch of spirit late on. 14°. To 2022  GB £220 per 12 b i/bond J&B www.justerinis.com justbrooksorders@justerinis.com +44(0)207 484 6400   Nov 2018

2015

bottled Aug 2016, has 8 gm of residual sugar: fine yellow robe. The nose is good and open, gives apricot and white strawberry airs, pear – it is an inviting start, has sweet depth. The palate attacks softly, has a fat centre, and a sweet, plump finish from the sugar. A rounded flavour of dried fruits brings up the finish, with some grip. The nose is classic, stylish, the palate different, with fine juice within it. It is flattering wine. “With the sugar, it can live longer than usual,” René Rostaing. 2,500 b. 2024-25 Oct 2016

2012 ()

mild yellow; the nose has a rather fat style, gives an air of pear compote and jam, vanilla. The palate has a fat debut, favours texture over clarity. It needs a winter to clarify and show. Suited to foods more than the aperitif – cheese, dessert. There is a slight note of tannin at the end. From late 2014. Aniseed and licorice feature on the aftertaste. “Its fermentation stopped with 6-7 gm of residual sugar, so I didn’t go against nature. It will age well as a result,” René Rostaing. Bottled Sept 2013. 2020-21  Oct 2013  Previously May 2013 ***(*) (vat, bottling June 2013) pale yellow. Stylish, elegant nose, a real early winner here – the bouquet shows pear, a little candy. The palate is wide on the attack, with genuine heart; it lengthens soundly, has gras on the finish, is another good IGP, like the 2011. Tasty wine that is round and has some freshness in it. “It has magnificent richness, is good to taste and full, not aggressive, it has an attractive grain to it,” RR. To 2017  May 2013

2011 ()

mild yellow robe. Has a real fat, big take-off aroma of pear, cooked pear – a nose that reaches out widely, across the glass, and involves apricot, vanilla, greengage plum. The palate combines flan, quince, vanilla – this is a mini-Condrieu that has genuine depth, gras, gives lots to drink in the glass. It is a food-facing wine, a high standard vin de pays. It lengthens into a grainy finish, where there are notes of apricot jam, bitter touches. The aftertaste resembles a pear syrup. “It has a feeble acidity, so drink within three years. This year you needed not too much crop if you were to achieve richness,” René Rostaing. 2016-17  May 2013

2007

(vat) yellow/lime glint in the robe; the nose shows bonbon sweets and a bit of varnish. The palate is nicely fruited, with a good clarity, and persists well. The flavour is white fruits, the length is good. To be bottled June/July 2008. Jan 2008