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Viognier from Domaine du Chêne, “drink as aperitif, or with chicken de Bresse in sauce, sea bass, red mullet”, 2,000 b

2017 ()

solid yellow robe; the nose is overrun with forceful oak that bars entry to the fruit – there’s gilling, and petrol, glazed fruits, alcohol spirit, cooked lemon, a hotch potch. The palate gives oak varnish with an interior of pear fruit, a touch of apricot. This is discordant Condrieu, out of balance, and too cellar influenced. Perhaps the oak will loosen with time. 13.5°. To 2023, say. Dec 2018

2015

firm yellow robe. Peach, white fruits, apricot, hints of tropical fruit appear in a good swirl on the nose, brioche bread also. The palate is frim, with a lusty flavour on brown sugar, glazed fruits, ginger. It’s not especially refined, but has a sturdy, full-on nature, shows a little late power. It’s definitely a table wine – sauced pork, Asian cuisine. It’s a bit common, over obvious, and the label degree of 14.5° tells its own story. To 2020 March 2018