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Laurus

Condrieu

Appellation d'origine protégée

The appellation extends over 7 communes and the vineyards thrive on the left bank of the Rhône river, on steep granitic hillsides at the foot of the Mount Pilat. On this terroir, the Viognier grape variety produces a wine of great aromatic intensity with a mineral finale.

Condrieu
couleur
2011
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The early growth of plants due to the mild winter and warm spring dwindled during June, owing to cool and wet conditions. The high temperatures in August and September then enabled the grapes to mature satisfactorily. Grapes were healthy and of good quality. Harvest started on the 11th of September.

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Condrieu
Vintage
2011

Grape Varieties: 

  • 100% Viognier

Terroir: 

Plots located in the commune of Malleval (in the Loire), at more than 300 m of altitude, with a south/south-eastern aspect. Soils are a combination of migmatite, granite and gneiss conferring fruity aromas and strong mineral qualities to these Viognier grapes.

Winemaking: 

Manual harvest. After cold settling, alcoholic fermentation in vats followed by malolactic fermentation in 275-litre oak Laurus barrels. 9 months elevage on fine lees, with stirring of lees during the first 5 weeks.

Production: 3,000 bottles
Bottled on: 11/7/2012

Tasting notes: 

Brilliant golden robe. Intense nose of exotic fruits (mango, passion fruit) together with butter notes. Smooth and elegant palate with a pleasant mineral tension from the granitic soils. (Feb. 2014).

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

12-14°C

Scallop shells
Poularde with morels
Rigote (goat’s cheese)
Semi-cooked foie gras

Optimum maturity: 2012-2018

Age of vines & yield: 

27 years on average – 29 hl/ha

Reknown since the 15th century, this confidential appellation was awarded “AOC” status in 1940 and is one of the greatest French white wines.

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