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Community Tasting Notes (53) Avg Score: 93.6 points

  • Drank at Blanco's-unsure if it was his or my bottle but who cares? The wine was stellar. Very fragrant, floral nose, with lots of honeysuckle, lychee and white fruit. Not as full bodied as I would expect from this wine, but certainly no light weight either. Tons of peaches and apricots, offset nicely by a persistently solid acidity level. Lovely minerality and wet stones, great mouth feel to go with the healthy viscosity of this wine. Fab bottle of wine drinking wonderfully at the moment.

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  • First bottle of Condrieu as I have been experimenting with different Viognier styles. Excellent with good structure. Was expecting a tad more acidity (though rare in Viognier) based on reviews, but still a fine wine which achieved good balance with a little air/time. Fabulous floral bouquet as expected. Palate flush with dry hints of stone fruit (peach and apricot dominant). Great "minerality". Was a bit surprised by the amount of toasted oak at first but did integrate with time. Long finish with great weight. Great choice on a warm summer day though as I rule I like whites that are not as oak driven.

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  • Appearance: Bright and clear, it has light gold color, with wide watery rims and legs.
    Nose: Clean, with medium intensity aromas of floral notes of elderflower, green fruit of pear, oak notes of vanilla, citrus fruit of lemon and grapefruit, stone fruit of peach and apricot, tropical fruit of melon, kernel notes of almond, mineral notes of stony and beeswax, maturity notes of honey. The wine is developing.
    Palate: Dry with low acidity, the wine medium (+) alcohol and medium (+) body, pronounced intensity flavors of oak notes of toast, dairy notes of cream, floral notes of elderflower, maturity notes of honey, stone fruit of peach, citrus fruit of grapefruit and lemon, green fruit of apple. The wine has a long finish.
    Conclusion: Very good quality Condrieu with a highly complex nose of good concentration, the wine is elegant, structured and in good balance, really showcasing the best varietal characters of Viognier with the floral and fruity characters balancing well with the strong oaky style though demonstrating a superb harmony in the complexity. The palate is so intense and the finish so long that one cannot stop appreciating the wine to the fullest. It is ready to drink now though can be maintained for another 2-3 years.

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  • Fresh and floral, but with the body of a Rhone white. I think I prefer the Chave but this is very good. A-

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  • Super floral, sure, but damn is it fine and persistent. Such mineral complexity, and the minerality is that of wet rocks pulled out of a river, which I love. Orange blossom, too, and then someone else at the table said fruit loops, which is spot on. It kept growing in the glass. Very, very special wine. Alive and buzzing with flavor.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    12/15/2012, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (E. Guigal Condrieu La Doriane) Light medium lemon yellow color; appealing, evocative, pear, poached pear, fragrant white jasmine nose; hedonistic, rich, creamy textured, poached pear, white jasmine, vanilla palate with good level of acidity; long finish 93+ points

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