Bright yellow. Dazzling aromas of honey, lily flower, peach, vanilla, candied fruits. Mango, stone fruits, spices on the palate, oily and slightly weighty in the mouth. Very round, not much acidity. Finely crafted Viognier, very expensive on the show but not so expensive on the price.
Bright yellow - almost fluorescent, thick oily texture, relatively complex, medium to high acid, tons of fruit and floral components like citrus, honeysuckle, mango or peaches?, pineapple, orange blossom, maybe even pears. Balanced? kinda but weighted toward fruit. Wispy lingering finish that lasts for what seems like a minute or two.
Generally a great heavy-weight white for mid-summer and probably a great pairing with foie gras, Copper River salmon (pick one), or some combo cheese/ light charcuterie plate (does that exist?)
Price-wise, it's up there with value white 1'ers from Burgundy so that's something to consider although it's really an apples to oranges comparison.
I love Condrieu for all its florid charms. When treated with Northern Rhone crispness, viognier is the rose on your birthday cake. Buttery, fattening and delightful in equal measures.
This bottle is so full bodied that it reminds me of new world viognier, which doesn't quite rise to the scarcity of this Nother Rhone version of the grape. This is not to say it's a bad wine. I liked it very much. I drank it with scallops on top of a a white bean puree. It was as round, soft and delightful as Scarlett Johansson , but when it comes to Condrieu, I expect all that, plus the angular sharpness of Charlotte Rampling. Still, the $50 I paid for the bottle was money well spent. It's a lovely wine.
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