2016 Clos de la Bonnette "Legende Bonnetta" Condrieu SKU #1382588

Price: $49.99

RP 91-93
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K&L Notes

Condrieu is a particularly small region in the Northern Rhone that solely produces Viognier--but not just any Viognier. Simply put, these are the best in the world, and Condrieu is the benchmark by which all other Viognier is measured. Domaine Clos de la Bonnette was purchased in 1992 by wife and husband team, Isabelle Guiller and Henri Montabonnet. Henri and Isabelle restored this dormant property, restacking the walls by hand and replanting the vineyards. With no close neighbors, a natural barrier exists which allows them to more easily produce organically, a process by which they have farmed since they began replanting. The quality of the fruit is so high that Marcel Guigal wanted to purchase their grapes and put them under contract. Thankfully, they politely declined. 4 STARS from John Livingstone-Learmonth of DrinkRhone.com: "This has a good, sumptuous bouquet, lots of enjoyable breadth and a full offer of pear fruit with good tang, citrus-orange/mandarin cut. There’s an implicit oiliness, a note of aniseed. The palate is expressive, well filled with soft and pliant richness, a real good ball of it. This has genuine Condrieu character, its flavour centred on white strawberry, apricot, light nuttiness. It ends on a good sliver of saltiness - that invites another sip. There is a little tannic depth on the aftertaste, a note of greengage plum."

Staff Reviews

  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    3/18/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    Condrieu for me it's one of the most fascinating wines of France, if not always a bargain. That's why I was not only surprised, but actually impressed by our Buyer, Mr. Mabry, to have found in this minuscule appellation a producer for our direct import program. The exotic Viognier grape display its array of flavors in this wine. Jasmine flower, apples, quince, honey, and orange flower, but fear not, it is dry, and definitely never heavy or cloying. If you like Indian curry, do yourself a favor and pair it with this wine, for an elegant dinner party.

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