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2017 Rhône

The Viognier Grape: Condrieu and Elsewhere

2017 produced broad, full-flavoured whites (which reminded me of the 2015s) and is a bit of a paradise vintage for lovers of traditional, creamy-textured wines from the viognier grape.

12 Products Listed
Product Name Code Bottles Price Type
RH51261

Viognier, La Bonne Etoile, Domaine Barou 2017

An utterly gorgeous, full-bodied, rich-tasting viognier, deeply expressive with flavours of crushed pear and peach. Drink from 2019 to 2021. 14%

RH51261 Bottles6 Price£57.00 Type
RH52871

Contour Deponcins Vin de France, Domaine Villard 2017

This viognier is made from young vines, some from Condrieu itself but most from slopes outside the appellation’s hallowed borders. Indeed, the lovely, fruity viognier is better than many a Condrieu. Full-bodied, rich, peachy and lovely. Drink from 2019 to 2022. 13.5%

RH52871 Bottles6 Price£70.00 Type
RH52861

Viognier, La Rosine, Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes, Domaine Ogier 2017

From a vineyard just outside the Condrieu appellation, this lovely fresh-tasting viognier has a touch of aniseed as well as peachy citrus fruit. Perfect to drink young, either on its own or with shellfish. Drink from 2019 to 2023. 13%

RH52861 Bottles6 Price£72.00 Type
RH51271

Condrieu, Domaine Pichon 2017

Now aided by his son Corentin, Christophe Pichon makes elegant and generously flavoured viognier, and their 2017 is rich and exuberant with a lovely, long finish. Drink from 2019 to 2023. 14.5%

RH51271 Bottles6 Price£122.00 Type
RH51211

Condrieu, Cave Merlin 2017

François Merlin learned his craft with Georges Vernay and René Rostaing, and over 20 years has accumulated a wide spread of small holdings including a plot above the famed Château-Grillet. He uses them to craft this gorgeous, unctuous viognier with a wealth of pear, peach and apricot-like fruit. Drink from 2019 to 2023. 14%

RH51211 Bottles6 Price£127.00 Type
RH52881

Taburnum Collines Rhodaniennes, Vins de Vienne 2017

This fine barrel-fermented viognier comes from outside the city of Vienne but evokes Condrieu with its full, weighty palate, albeit a little more reserved in style. Drink from 2020 to 2027. 13.5%

RH52881 Bottles6 Price£147.00 Type
RH52891

Condrieu Deponcins, Domaine Villard 2017

This generous and long-flavoured viognier will need a year in bottle to be at its best, but will be worth it: a gloriously creamy, rich and weighty viognier, but there’s a twist of salt in the air which helps it remain fresh. Drink from 2019 to 2025. 14%

RH52891 Bottles6 Price£180.00 Type
RH52901

Condrieu Côteau de Chéry, Domaine André Perret 2017

With plenty of weight in 2017 yet also perfect balance, this creamy viognier oozes class with flavours of peach and apricot. Drink from 2019 to 2026. 14.5%

RH52901 Bottles6 Price£180.00 Type
RH51181

Condrieu Jeanraude, Vins de Vienne 2017

The Jeanraude vines are just above those of fabled Château Grillet and in 2017 produced an ample, peachy and delightful wine with a hint of mint. Drink from 2019 to 2022. 14.5%

RH51181 Bottles6 Price£182.00 Type
RH52921

Condrieu La Bonnette, Domaine Rostaing 2017

Avoiding the pitfalls of excess in this rich vintage, René Rostaing’s well-judged viognier grape offers wonderful class and elegance with multi-dimensional lemony flavours. Drink from 2019 to 2024. 13.5%

RH52921 Bottles6 Price£225.00 Type
RH52941

Condrieu Vernon, Domaine Cuilleron 2017

Splendid and extravagant viognier: unctuous, richly flavoured and thickly textured with a hint of mint to complement the peachy fruit. Drink from 2019 to 2026. 14.5%

RH52941 Bottles6 Price£255.00 Type
RH52951

Condrieu La Doriane, Guigal 2017

Guigal’s top Condrieu continues its shift in style, with the amount of new oak being reduced and fruit from some excellent newly acquired slopes being introduced. The result strikes a complex, dry and bewitching balance between opulence and elegance. Drink from 2019 to 2025. 14%

RH52951 Bottles6 Price£345.00 Type
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