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100% Viognier (av age 25 years) the 2015 harvested 11 Sept 2015 with potential degree 17.5°, pressed, new 228-litre oak cask fermented, raised 12 months, (1999, 2003 fermented, raised 50% new, 50% 1-year oak 14 months), 55 gm residual sugar, malo unfinished, 2,300 x 37.5 cl b

2015

the yellow colour has a rich aspect. The nose is unusual for a Condrieu – airs of melon, spice, quince jam, honey, a little oak, dabs of caramel. The palate shows a red wine structure, has a good, solid attack with a consistent foundation of full, shapely content, the oak never intrusive. It ends calmly, with low-key grip, and roundly. The flavour centres on pear, peach-nectarine. This is a wine of good character, for la table, a subdued vin de paille in nature. It will suit Vieille France, butter and sauced cuisine, aged Comté cheese, pork medallions in a morilles mushroom sauce. The Guigals haven’t gone for a blowsy style – it’s well away from that, is a great success, the fact that the balance is good an indicator of that. 14°. 2038-41 June 2017

2003 No Rating

Note: picked 21 Aug at potential 18.4°

1999

overt pear William on the bouquet, bonbon also; well wrapped texture, the richness is direct. Mix of spice and oak towards finish. 37 gm residual sugar. Note: picked 14 September at potential 17.3°