The 2014 Condrieu la Doriane is a sensational white that marries the inherent richness and exotic quality of the Viognier grape with the purity, elegance and grace imparted by this cooler vintage. Giving up terrific notes of white peach, marmalade, flowers, spice and tangerines, it has full-bodied richness, awesome purity and integrated acidity. Deep, rich, lengthy and profound, it’s up there with some of the greatest Condrieu ever made. (JD)
Plump and flattering, with green melon, green fig and green almond notes pumping along, backed by hints of peach and anise. Creamy, offering a hint of glazed pear on the finish and showing just enough buried acidity for balance and purity. Drink now through 2018. (JM)
This has a more complex and layered nose with a surge of warmer toasty oak and more lees-derived complexity in terms of aromas and texture. This is more linear, pushing deeper on the palate and will age easily past 2020. Warm, nutty finish. A blend of five-choice parcels vinified separately and blended just before bottling.
Light, bright yellow-gold. Broad, mineral-tinged orchard and pit fruit aromas show excellent clarity, and a sexy floral element emerges slowly. Sappy, palate-coating pear nectar and tangerine flavors are complicated by notes of violet, honey and candied ginger, while a minerally element adds vibrant lift. Becomes spicier on the finish, which hangs on with superb tenacity and a lingering floral quality. (JR)
Very opulent. Round and subtle. Smoky underneath. An attractive slightly bitter/quinine finish that could even be a little more pronounced. According to Philippe, some of the terroirs give such concentration of Viognier flavour that it gives ‘amer noble’. Lots to chew on. 18/20 points
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