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.
This effort is surely impressive, but perhaps a bit off when it comes to showing the potential in the Viognier varietal. The nose expresses a massive attack of elderflower accompanied by lychée, apricot and peach and a lot of the flowery vanilla emanating from the -heavy- oak treatment. The floral component is very intense, almost like like putting the nose in a jar of compressed fresh flowers. The palate is full-bodied and builds on the floral component but is slowly getting more subtle. It adds a nice viscosity and a nice length on the finish. Acidity is as always almost non-exisiting in this effort. When served to fois gras and fig marmelade, the wine comes alive and becomas rather vibrant. I would recommend drinking any remaining bottles pretty soon. There is no reason to hold off.
Almost golden yellow color. Very rich on the nose, with lovely aromas of flowers and honey. On the palate this is oily, ultra-massive, super-fruity and extremely opulent, with complex flavors of honey, flowers, pineapple, peach and apricot. The high alcohol content (14,5 %) and the almost complete lack of acids make this very heavy on the mouthfeel.
I do like and appreciate this, yes, but this wine can by no means be called "fresh". In fact, when served at a temperature normally recommended for fine and full-bodied white wines (ca. 11 C), I find it even hard to drink this more than one small glass at a very slow pace. If you want to have an easier drinking experience and also combine this wine more naturally with food, I would advice to serve this more or less directly after taking it from the fridge (at ca. 6-7 C), however wrong or heretical this might be from the point of view of the normal rules and beliefs. But I promise: even at such a low temperature this wine will not lose its super-fruitiness and opulence.
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(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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