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2002 Rene Rostaing Condrieu La Bonnette

Viognier

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Northern Rhône
  • Condrieu
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Community Tasting Notes 4

  • Paul S wrote: 92 points

    December 23, 2014 - Hokkaido Supper at Kat and Yuwen's (Kat and Yuwen's): Somehow much better than the last bottle we had just a few weeks ago - this was very enjoyable indeed. It had that same richly expressive nose, with a complex melange of sweet cream and white peaches and pear, alongside chalk and lentils and spice, with floating notes jasmine flowers and something a little citrus running alongside. Lots going on here. Like the less bottle, the palate showed a good weight and richness, with its creamy texture and fleshy notes of white fruit laced with a floral sweetness. What set this apart for me though was a much more pronounced sense of freshness, which really helped to bring a balance and poise to the wine and made it a far better drink. It had nice complexity to it too, with tons of chalky mineral past the midpalate, and then a little saline note with limestone and chalk and just that drizzle of beeswax right at the finish. Very nice, and drinking quite well.

  • Paul S wrote: 90 points

    December 9, 2014 - Lunch at Absinthe (Absinthe, Boat Quay, Singapore): A very decent Condrieu at 12 years of age. The nose was quite pretty, with cream soda, white flowers and white peach tones laced with spice and stony mineral accents. The palate was clearly quite rich, with a oily depth and noticeably low acidity, but was somehow well balanced enough, with an easy, ageless feel to its flavours of white fruit, beeswax and summer flowers wed to some prickly spiciness towards the finish. Not the most complex of wines, but well integrated and really quite pleasant. It seems rather ageless. While I do not think it will improve much further, I certainly do not see it falling apart anytime soon.

  • Paul S wrote: 92 points

    June 18, 2014 - Melvyn's 50th Birthday Bash (Hua Ting, Orchard Hotel): I enjoyed this very much. The nose was very attractive, with classic Condrieu scents of beeswax and chalky mineral and a hint of rose petals prancing alongside white chocolate and lychee crème notes. The palate, although having a rather rich, slightly waxy texture, felt altogether quite clean and defined for a Viognier, with a freshness of flavour and a lightness of foot to its white melon notes, with just the lightest kiss of lychee flesh flecked by a lovely stoney minerality past the midpalate. There was a lovely cut and thrust, especially as it moved into a long finish seasoned with warm spice. I thought the wine got just a touch less engaging when it got too warm in the glass, showing a bit fatter and less fresh. Otherwise, a nice start to the night. Drinking well now.

  • Deputy Likes this wine: 87 points

    February 8, 2014 - I probably should have drank this sooner. It compares to many average whites that I've had for $100 less. Too bad, I was hoping for greatness. It is nice, though.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    May 2004 (link)

    (René Rostaing Condrieu la Bonette) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2002
  • Type White
  • Producer Rene Rostaing
  • Varietal Viognier
  • Designation La Bonnette
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Northern Rhône
  • Appellation Condrieu

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 12 (39%)
  • Consumed 19 (61%)

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