Region France, Rhone
Style Apricot, Nectarine, Quince
Bottle Size 75cl
Domaine Cuilleron are one of the most respected producers in the northern Rhone, making the classic red of Cote Rotie and Saint Joseph, but also the stellar wines of the tiny appellation, the highest quality Viognier can reach, of Condrieu.
The grapes here are grown on crazy steep terraces to make the most of the sun, ripening the fruit into little balls of apricotty nectar. They're farmed as close to organic as you can get, but pesticides are only used when absolutely necessary (the climate here isn't exactly working WITH the growers).
This bottling is fermented and aged for 9 months in old oak to provide a little plumpness to the stone fruit character.
It's a wine for the bon vivant, the person who wears their heart on their sleeve; it's a big nectarine and peach fruit bomb with a viscous mouthfeel that feels indulgent and peppered with jasmine. As with all good Condrieu, this isn't just claggy from the fruit, the palate is fresh and energetic and has enough acid to feel fresh.
If you're into your brash in your face wines, Condrieu is one to try. Unfortunately it's a little bit of a pricey habit.