Sourced from Côte Chatillon, from southeast-facing vines of varying ages. There's no new oak here - instead, it's part-matured in unlined amphorae, which they believe helps keep acidity and tension. This has a nose of intense apricot and white peach. The palate is full-bodied and rich in fruit, not too high in alcohol and with a distinct mineral glint. It's perhaps a little over-full, but has a lovely intense fruit expression and remarkably good acidity for the vintage. Drinking Window 2018 - 2020. (MW)
From three different terroirs (all cooler terroirs) and aged a year in concrete, the 2017 Condrieu offers a vivid light gold color as well as a gorgeous nose of white flowers, stone fruits, subtle minerality, and hints of honeysuckle. It's rich and textured, yet also fresh and lively, with fabulous purity of fruit. It’s the finest vintage I’ve tasted.
Not a big, in-your-face style of Viognier, the 2017 Condrieu Vernillon was fermented with indigenous yeasts in a mix of barrels (40%) and amphorae (60%), which Jean-Paul Jamet says accentuate the mineral side of Condrieu. Apricot and subtle floral notes appear on the nose of this full-bodied, silky-textured wine that finishes with remarkable freshness and vitality. There are few visits I look forward to more than tasting with Jean-Paul Jamet at his cellars above Côte Rôtie. Even though he and Jean Luc split the family domaine several years ago, he still has 25 parcels in 19 lieux-dits, making barrel tasting here particularly educational. There's very little new oak in the cellar, and a high proportion of whole clusters for the Côte Rôtie (95% is the figure Jamet likes to cite). Bottling doesn't occur until after the harvest, so the 2016s were still in barrel at the time of my visit. Jamet said it's a vintage of "less sun, but well balanced and elegant, if less rich." It's certainly more approachable than the blockbuster 2015s, which are reviewed out of bottle. The 2017s, according to Jamet, will be a good compromise between the precociousness of the 2016s and the hardness of the 2015s. Of the 2015, said Jamet, "It's a year that needs a lot of time." For folks looking for lower prices and more immediate gratification, don't overlook Jamet's IGP Collines Rhodanienne and Côte du Rhône offerings, which offer a taste of Côte Rôtie without the same outlay of time or money. (JC)
Limpid yellow color. Floral aromas, mineral-accented orchard and citrus fruit show fine delineation and energetic lift. Intense pear, Meyer lemon and honeysuckle flavors show no excess fat and are braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Closes minerally, taut and impressively long, leaving a sexy floral note behind. (JR)
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