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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.


After a very cold winter and late spring, the flowering process ended in mid-June. The summer was without extreme weather fluctuations and with plentiful subsoil water supplies, enabling the ripening process to be completed in the best of conditions. Harvest began exceptionally late, around the 20th of September.


92/100   Wine Spectator

15.5/20   Guide Bettane & Desseauve


Grape Varieties: 

100% Viognier


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.


Manual harvest. After cold fermentation process, alcoholic fermentation in vats followed by malolactic fermentation in 275-litre oak Laurus barrels. 15 months elevage on fine lees, with stirring of lees during the first 5 weeks.

Production: 1,835 bottles
Bottled on: 3/6/2015

Tasting notes: 

Clear and glossy straw colour. Very expressive nose that includes the aromas of rose jam and Cantaloup melon. Nice balance between acidity (Yuzu, grapefruit) and spice (white pepper). Persistent finish.
(Oct. 2015).

Service & food pairing suggestions: 


Chicken Suprême with saffron cream sauce
Monkfish with lemony and spicy cream sauce

Optimum maturity: 2015-2025
ABV: 13,5°

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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