2019 Andre Perret Condrieu CheryViognier from France
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Legend has it that in the third century A.D. Emperor Probus issued a decree to uproot half of Gaul’s vineyards to combat overproduction within the Roman Empire. Yet he spared t...
- 96 Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
96 Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From 80-year-old vines facing south-southwest, the 2019 Condrieu Chery takes all the laudable aspects of the stellar 2018 and turns the volume up to 11. Flowers, crushed stone, dried spices and ripe apricots all show up on the nose and full-bodied, fleshy palate. Rich and textural without ever seeming overdone or heavy, it's a magnificent effort that should drink well for another 5 years or so.
Legend has it that in the third century A.D. Emperor Probus issued a decree to uproot half of Gaul’s vineyards to combat overproduction within the Roman Empire. Yet he spared this special plot, his “coteau chéri” (darling hillside), based on the extraordinary nectar it produced. Today, Chéry’s legacy lives on: flaunting a sublime perfume, this voluptuous, refreshing, intricately woven masterpiece sets the bar at the summit for Northern Rhône whites. If you ever thought that Viognier could not age, hide away a few bottles of this Condrieu for ten years. The result—decadent, toasty, gloriously honeyed, yet bone-dry—is truly mind-blowing. Importer
96 - Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Taste||honey, orange, mango, kiwi and tangerine|
|Nose||orange blossom, acacia, violet, anise and mint|