Had a Glass: 2006 Domaine Yves Cuilleron Condrieu Les Chaillets

Vintage: 2006
Producer: Domaine Yves Cuilleron
Variety: Viognier
Designation: Les Chaillets
Region: France
Sub-region: Northern Rhône, Condrieu
ABV: 14.5%
Price: $90 (Marquis)

He says: Viognier is one of those varieties that I’ve never really loved. In tastings, it can feel like wandering around the potpourri section of a department store: overpowering, overly floral, and imbalanced. Leave it to this bottle, classed as one of the best examples of Viognier in the world, to change my mind. This is an intense wine, showing depth and balance beyond any Viognier I’ve ever had. Definitely a 5-star wine, and something that any curious wine lover needs to experience.

She says: This is one of the those wines that I will be talking about for years to come. Unlike any Viognier I’ve had before it had a depth of flavour that was perfectly balanced. The fruit, floral & spice worked together in perfect harmony. Rich yet delicate at the same time, this is a wine to be savoured.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med- gold
Smells like: Clean, med+ intensity, developing, honeydew, stonefruit, spicy, tropical, floral
Tastes like: Dry, med acidity, med+ body, high intensity, mango, pineapple, guava, floral, caramel, med alcohol, long finish
Summary: Excellent, Drink now/ready to drink

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