This wine is a classic Viognier from a celebrated producer - a bouquet of honeysuckle and violets, a sensuous mid-weight palate of apricots and mirabelles preceding an elegant, dry finish.
It makes an alluring aperitif and requires little accompaniment save perhaps a few olives. It is intended for relatively forward drinking over the next 2-3 years.
Low yields (circa 30 hl/ ha) of hand harvested grapes (gathered in the morning only, to ensure a cool start to fermentation) are brought in as late as possible to maximize ripe fruit flavors. A malolactic fermentation is normally permitted as it enhances both bouquet and stability. The wine is vinified in modern thermo-regulated stainless steel vats and is bottled in the early Spring to preserve its fresh fruity character. This charming, upmarket Vin de Pays hails from the upper slopes, above the climats of La Caille and Mirebaudy, which are not classified as Condrieu as they lie over 300 meters above sea-level.