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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.

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2017
Elegant & harmonic
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2017 is a great success in the Nothern Rhone Valley, in line of 2015, 2016. The Condrieu vineyard did not suffer from the high heat and lack of rain. The slightly earlier harvest gave  superb aromatic concentrations berries. The harvest is a little smaller in quantity but the quality is good.

 

Rewards

93 pts - Jeb Dunnuck 

93 pts - Wine Enthusiast

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Condrieu
Vintage
2017

Grape Varieties: 

100% Viognier

Terroir: 

The vineyards are located in the commune of Malleval in the southern sector of the appellation. They are at more than 300 m in altitude, with a south/south-eastern exposure. The soils are a combination of migmatite, granite and gneiss conferring exhuberant aromas and strong mineral qualities to the Viognier grapes.

Winemaking: 

Manual harvest between the 7th and 15th of September. After a short cold-soak, the alcoholic fermentation took place in vats followed by the malolactic fermentation in 275-litre oak Laurus barrels. 16 months elevage on fine lees, with a regular stirring during the first 6 months.
Bottled on 20th June 2019: 2.590 75cl bottles, 133 magnums and 8 jeroboams.

Tasting notes: 

“Another terrific effort, the 2017 Condrieu Laurus offers lots of caramelized citrus, brioche, spice, and mineral aromas and flavors. Rich, medium-bodied, and beautifully balanced on the palate, with impressive length.” Jeb Dunnuck 

 

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Best served at 12-14°C
Optimum maturity: 2020 - 2028
ABV: 13,5%
 
Ravioli of langoustines
Scallops with cream and white wines

Age of vines & yield: 

20 à 30 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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