2016
Les Tourrays Condrieu

Viognier
Description

Condrieu has been involved in winemaking for so long that it was known to the Ancient Romans. By the 15th century Condrieu wine was so highly reputed that it was a  avourite for feasts and with the nobility. Condrieu was awarded Local AOC status in 1940 and now viognier, a local variety up until the end of the 19th century, is popular throughout the world. Part of the grapes from which Condrieu Maison Bouachon is made comes from the valley called “Les Tourrays”. It is said that the origin of this name goes back to the 19th century, a time when one could still hear the echo of the potter’s wheel (“tour”) in the vineyards on the steep slopes down into the valley.

Please note that this is an imported wine and cannot legally be shipped to GA, IA, IL, IN, LA, ME, MI, MO, MT, VA, and WV

SCORE: 92 | SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 | ROBERT PARKER | WINE ADVOCATE

Tasting Notes
Appearance: 

Pale gold tinged with green. 

Aroma: 

Complex open bouquet with lots of freshness, notes of honey, apricot, citrus fruit such as grapefruit and lemon and a touch of violet.

Palate: 

Very rich with a nice balance of flesh and flintiness; a full refreshing wine finishing on liquorice.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

The grapes are harvested by hand when perfectly ripe. The wine is crafted by traditional methods which make it highly aromatic and concentrated. The appellation extends over 7 parishes and 3 departments (Rhône, Loire and Ardèche). The terroir is on the right bank of the Rhone 11km south of Vienne and has granite soils. The vineyards are on terraces cut into the steep slopes above the river, where they benefit from a microclimate which is airy yet protected from the north wind. Viognier is the only grape grown and the production area is 130 hectares, so the wine is rare and much sought-after.

Tech Notes
  • Varietal: 100% Viognier
  • Appellation: Condrieu Contrôlée 
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Barrels: 
    • 50% matured in large barrels
    • 50% maturerd in vats
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Foie Gras or any fish dish
Cheese & Nuts:
Medium cheeses
$95