For those of us who like our white wines with attitude, this is one. No light and pretty shrinking violet, this is a heavyweight with power and length. Lovely silky texture of bitter-sweet orange. Perhaps it's more back street bare knuckle bruiser than sophisticate, but how pleasing to have such a good Northern Rhone white (and it could not come from anywhere else in the world) from a "lesser" appellation. Another decade in this, at least. vg+
Finally this wine showed what it was capable of! Double decanted and served about 90 minutes later. Much deeper colour than the viognier that preceded it. Lovely nose of honeysuckle and peaches. Perfectly balanced wine giving everything it had. A real pleasure.
Opened and decanted then left for 2 hours. Drank the first half over 4 hours. Exasperating wine. Intoxicating, complex nose of sweet honey, pears and lychees. However, this stuff just doesn't work for me at all in the mouth. Tastes like soapy dishwater. Will try treating this like some of the condrieus: i.e. open and decant and let it breathe for 3-4 days.
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