In 2012 the 35 years old vines yielded 39 hectoliter per hectare. The wine is vinified and raised in 100% new oak barrels for 8 months. The result is a Viognier which is a 100% different from the also excellent basic Condrieu of Guigal. In this stage the fume of fireworks and gunpowder, smoke and minerals. Also white and yellow fruits and blossom behind the intense oak impressions. All comes back on the palate together with beautiful citrus acidity and pleasant bitterness. You probably either love it or hate it, but it certainly is an impressive and complex wine. Can age a few years as well.
Tasting, brief note. This was tough to taste after an after =noon of drinking Burgundy. That context made this come across completely as a dessert wine. But clearly lots of dried apricot, marzipan with some nutmeg, ginger and lemongrass. Very fun while serious.
Nose - floral, hay, unripe peach Mouth - heavy body, almost oily in consistency, flavors of peaches and apricots. Very unique and will appeal to fans of this style. I find the fruit flavors a bit bitter and the body too heavy to be to my liking. Lacks freshness.
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