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Laurus

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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
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2012
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Winter was cold and dry. The water shortage was solved thanks to spring rains. Vigilance was at its peak throughout the vineyard in April and May due to significant variations in temperature and rainfall. August was marked by intense heat. The end of August and September brought a drop in temperature caused by the Mistral and rain. Harvest began on the 17th September, with low yield and excellent quality.

Rewards
94   Wine Spectator
89   Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
92   Vinous - Josh Raynolds
14.5/20   Guide Bettane & Desseauve
5 stars    Rod Phillips on wine (CA)
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Condrieu
Vintage
2012

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 fermentation process, alcoholic fermentation in vats followed by malolactic fermentation in 275-litre oak Laurus barrels. 12 months elevage on fine lees, with stirring of lees during the first 5 weeks.

Production: 3,600 bottles
Bottled on: 4/11/2013

Tasting notes: 

Clear and glossy straw colour. Very expressive nose that includes the aromas of white flowers (acacia), apricot jam and notes of vanilla. Slightly salty and creamy to the palate. Pleasant mineral tension from the granitic soils, and intense long-lasting aromas (Feb. 2014).

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

12-14°C

Semi-cooked foie gras
Capon with figs
Rigote (goat’s cheese)
Roasted pineapple flambé, with vanilla

Optimum maturity: 2013-2020

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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