Apple nose, nice perfume,little wood, new plastic type nose. Not much fruit, grapefruit a little bitter. A little oak. Very creamy. Nose is much better than taste. Nice wine, but a little disappointed in the flavors.
Medium++ everything. Deep golden colour. Complex nose lemon/lime and white fruits (peaches, grapefruit, banana(?)). But its the palate that really makes it. Full and creamy with huge weight. Acidity is not high but enough to hold it together. Did I say full and creamy? But not driven by oak. I suspect this is why Viognier has gone global.
APPEARANCE: clear; medium lemon; medium legs & tears NOSE: clean; medium+ intensity; flavour characteristics: stone fruits (peach), citrus fruits (lemon, lime), buttercup, honey; developing PALATE: dry; high acidity; full body; medium+ alcohol; medium+ finish; medium+ flavour intensity; flavour characteristics: as per nose: stone fruits (peach), lemon, buttercup, honey, oak READINESS FOR DRINKING: Can drink now, but has potential for aging FURTHER REMARKS: luscious aromatic white with viscosity and good balance of strong components. Top Viognier!
Northern Rhone WIMPS (The Ledbury, Notting Hill, London): Noticeably deeper colour. Nose is considerably more complex and nuanced, with orange blossom and mineral. Medium/full bodied on the palate, relatively elegant with orangey fruit, slight nutty note, reasonable acidity and a good length finish. Very good ***.
White wine Guigal Masterclass (Stockholm): Nose of pear, peach, a hint of oak, discrete flowery notes. Good concentration on the palate, rather full bodied, spicy, medium acidity, some menthol notes. Lighter-bodied than 2009 and 2010.
Nice golden yellow. Enticing nose of apples, pears and peaches with a touch of oak. Butter on the pallet with a nice glycerin mouth feel. Nice crisp acidity with a medium length finish. I preferred the '97 . But still very enjoyable.
Guigal Cote Rotie Masterclass with Brett Crittenden (Handford Wines, London): 30yrd old vines, 100% viognier and 100% new oak and selected from the best parcels Peaches and apricots, some oak, Kabinet+ style sweetness. Ripe, concentrated and intense with a long long finish. 14.5% alchohol and would match fois gras nicely. Maybe a touch too sweet which shaves out complexity. Still very nice 89-90, drink now.
We enjoyed it very much before dinner first then with some lovely smoked salmon. Strong body, buttery and rich palate, peach & hazelnut flavor, good length ... Will get better after a few more years in my cellar.
Mid-Week Dinner at Chez Patrick (Chez Patrick, 26 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong): Lovely golden bronze yellow. Great rich and welcoming nose of fresh baked white bread, melted butter, white peach, very distinct ripe bananas and fresh mown lawn. Palate is lovely rich buttery mouthcoating, very gentle oak, ripe peaches, nettles on the back end. Very impressive length and some resonance in the head on the finish. The length was was enhanced by drinking it only very slightly chilled. Lovely.
Drank over a superb meal at Amuse Bouche in Hong Kong and brought by Jean-Paul (salut!). Yellow gold colour. No detailed notes but an alluring greenish gold colour with a beautifully intense and rich nose that had many dimensions. The palate had a great weight and balance of buttery oak, rich fruit and a refreshingly acidity as a counterpoint. Considerable length and a very pleasing reverberation inside the head on the finish. Quite stunning........ a definite step up from the 2006 vintage we drank a couple of months back at Jean-Paul's house.
I had this wine at a wine show one day after I opened the negoce condrieu 2006. It left me speechless with its burst of fruit, complexity and endless aftertaste. Compared to the other condrieu (which I scored 93), it deserves at least 2 extra points, so 95 (at least), although I avoid scoring wines tasted during wine shows.