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100% Viognier from granite soils at Chavanay, Condrieu, Colombier le Vieux (very late ripening), hand harvested, direct whole bunch pressing, 3-4 hour cool, severe decantation, fermented at 20°C, raised used oak casks 10 months, malo completed, tall bottle, has been Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes

2018

shiny yellow robe; the nose is pretty precise, shows dried fruits, pear, brioche baked bread, some musky, floral airs. This is very gratifying, has a savoury and tasty richness, all in a curved ball of apricot and honey; it ends from that. I find the attack goes long, does most of the work, so it has a quiet, rounded finale that fits in well. 13.5°. €15.50. To 2022 Dec 2019

2017 ()

pale, flinty yellow colour. This has a soft pear aroma, ripe white peach – it’s a curvy start, shows white strawberry and apricot juice also, is buttery and floral. The attack is well juiced, holds squeezy content, easy and agreeable. This drinks as a very joli aperitif, is good in its grade. There’s a touch of glow on the aftertaste, slight heat there. It ends with some salt cut. It’s good with pasta. 13.5°. To 2021 Dec 2018

2014

yellow robe, good shine in it. Has a grapefruit air, like box and Sauvignon blanc, an overtly fresh nose which is neat and immediate. Day 2 gives ginger and spice. The palate has a more creamy, textured style than the nose, gives a flavour of banana, pear. The length is good and steady, and it ends with precise freshness. 13°. To 2018  Nov 2015

2013 ()

decent yellow robe. The nose is open – off we go on a trail of pear, stewed pear, pear skin, with a nip of aniseed. The palate also is chubby, bears a joli fat, a crème patisserie-apricot flavour. There is plenty of smooth texture to aid the pleasure. An above average vin de pays, has showy virtues. It fines down to mild acidity and grip on the finish. It makes a rockabilly aperitif, also OK with food. This is accurate Northern Rhône Viognier in a good, raw state. 13°. To 20176  March 2015  

2012

sound yellow; stylish, pear, white fruits aroma, an extra pear skin depth, a true Viognier, has a waxen note; there is a note of mild lemon, small spice notes. The palate is broad and fluid – plenty is going on in the first half, then it straightens and lightens; it goes from overt food wine to more aperitif wine. The late stages could be deeper. There is a late nutty grip, tangerine. This is a touch clinical, and on Days 2 and 3 shows strong acetate. 13°. To 2016  Oct 2013