Completely Jonesing for a viognier (and not finding any) I asked my local expert for a reco. He came up with this gem – 2010 Les Vins de Vienne Condrieu 2010. He found this at one of the distributors and bought it up, but it never came around again after the 2010 vintage. Quel dommage!!!
But… given that he cannot get more, he offered it to me at a “friend” price. I jumped at the chance to scoop up six bottles of quality Condrieu at a more than reasonable price.
It is fab! Velvety-smooth with familiar viognier notes of melon, fig, and light citrus. Not too heavy (unlike some over-ripe US viognier can be), but not too light either. Grab this up, if you find it. If you CAN find it, please let me know. There are only a few bottles left around here and I intend to own them shortly.
T-Scale 92 points. Release price, $65. My price was a lot lower. Expect to pay between $48 – $65. If you can get it lower, get it. It has some life left regardless of the reviews below. I would bet on this cellaring another 3 -5 years, but it is superb now.
Wine Spectator (93 points) – “This is juicy and packed, with fig, persimmon, anise and melon all in reserve, wrapped with judicious toast and fine minerality. The long, sleek finish should blossom with cellaring as there is a lot to unwind. Shows the cut and density of the vintage. Best from 2012 through 2014.” (Nov. 2011)
Steven Tanzer (90 points) – Bright yellow-gold. Exotic aromas of mango, passion fruit, peach nectar and candied orange, with a spicy overtone. Fleshy and smooth, offering spice-accented tropical and pit fruit flavors with a hint of candied ginger. Finishes with impressive cling and length, leaving notes of honey and peach pit behind.(Mar. 2012)