Condrieu

The name Condrieu is almost mythical in the wine world. Whilst every country and region strive to imitate it with their own style of Viognier, nowhere does it have such a sense of place than the spiritual home where it all started in Condrieu. It could easily have been so different if it were not for the driving force of George Vernay and his belief in the wines of this tiny appellation.

Today there are some 237 hectares under vine, but go back to 1990 and the story was very different with 40 hectares, further back still to the early 70’s and only 20 hectares existed; we owe huge debt of thanks to people like George Vernay and Robert Niero for keeping the faith. Matt Walls, in his new book ‘Wines of the Rhone’ quotes Rémi Niero saying ‘there aren’t many terroirs on earth that can make good Viognier’, and there is something very special about Viognier and this little piece of land.

They have immediate appeal and perhaps that is their charm, unlike Burgundy where the vagaries of vintage and age often come into play, Condrieu in the main is ready to go from the off.


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Clos de la Bonnette

A new (ish) find, having tasted at trade shows and fairs in France, it was a recent write up in Decanter by Matt Walls that drew our attention back to the domaine. He went so far as to list it as his top Condrieu from the 2019 vintage - a strong field with some fairly serious contenders! Husband and wife team Isabelle & Henri are fully certified organic, they had been farming fruit and vegetables in the region since the 1970s but since 2009 have focused solely on the vine. They make some very compelling wines from a tiny 5 hectare estate, split between Condrieu and two sites in Côte Rôtie. Tasting these in London turned us into wide-eyed children – the wines are truly magical and surpassed our already elevated expectations. The Côte Rôtie and Condrieu are gorgeous – so sleek and polished, with a nose that you just want to dive into. We were also hugely impressed with the IGP Syrah – made with 35-45 year old vines, this was a delight.
2020 VIOGNIER Archette Clos de la Bonnette

2020 VIOGNIER Archette Clos de la Bonnette

Fresh and beautifully detailed with white flowers, apricot skin, peach and nectarine. Some richness in the mouth but not overtly so with lithe stone fruit intensity, delicate honey and white flowerFresh and beautifully detailed with white flowers, apricot skin, peach and nectarine. Some richness in the mouth but not overtly so with lithe stone fruit intensity, delicate honey and white flower blossom, backed by a textured freshness. Delicious and ready to go. Drinking range: 2021 - 2025L&S (Apr 2021)

75cl bottles, case of 6

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2019 CONDRIEU Roches d'Arbuel Clos de la Bonnette

2019 CONDRIEU Roches d'Arbuel Clos de la Bonnette

Certified organic cuvée from a selection of our youngest plots. 100% Viognier. Age of the vines: 4 to 10 years. Terroir: sandy soils on weathered granites

Harvest: 100%

Certified organic cuvée from a selection of our youngest plots. 100% Viognier. Age of the vines: 4 to 10 years. Terroir: sandy soils on weathered granites

Harvest: 100% manual Vinification: pneumatic pressing; alcoholic fermentation entirely in barrels; malolactic fermentation carried out to bring roundness; not glued, very light filtration. Aging: 12 months 100% in 228 l barrels; barrels of 2 or 3 wines minimum.

Limpid yellow colour with golden reflections; powerful, fine and complex nose with aromas of quince, vine peaches and pineapple with hints of apricot and vanilla; elegant, fresh and fine palate with aromas of vanilla, quince, passion fruit accompanied by citrus notes; very long aromatic persistence on vanilla notes.

Winemaker's notes (Mar 2021)

75cl bottles, case of 6

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Domaine Benjamin et David Duclaux

5.8 Hectare 36,000 bottles produced. Brothers Benjamin & David are becoming quite the force in Côte Rôtie and are now considered to be one of the leading estates. I am constantly in awe at the wines produced here - floral elegance and real drive to the wines seem to be the hallmarks, with beautiful poise too. Based in the southern sector with sites in and around Tupin-Semons, this tiny domaine has until recently produced 3 wines. The addition of a new cuvee in 2018 Coteaux de Tupin, which is 80% stems and barrel fermented with only 934 bottles produced, impressed me greatly when tasting in barrel with Benjamin in January 2020. It entirely lived up to the hype when tasted in bottle in February 2021. Alongside La Chana, an early drinking style, and the more serious Le Germine and Maison Rouge, this is a beautiful set of wines that show everything that can be great about Côte Rôtie. There is also a relatively serious Condrieu, ripe and forward with a touch of spice.

Domaine G&J Bott

A love story and a bit of good fortune; a love of the Syrah grape that led Graeme to the Rhone and the love of his life Julie, who came together whilst working at the prestigious cellars of Stephane Ogier. Theirs is a back story of adventure and spirit and one of serendipity too. Our relationship with the pair stretches back some 8 years or so, when we often stopped and shared a beer after the Marché aux vins in Ampuis every January, it was no surprise when they told us they were setting out on their own journey. The surprise came when they discovered that the house they had purchased in Verin, complete with 0.35 hectare of garden, was within the appellation of Condrieu, between the in-demand Coteau de Chery and the illustrious Chateau Grillet. They quickly took to clearing and planting some Viognier and this year is the first vintage of Condrieu Lieu dit l’Aleau and, with 934 bts & 60 magnums, it is going to be in demand. Graeme & Julie like to pick early to capture the freshness, the wines tend be expressive, bright and pure. Watch the videos: Domaine G&J Bott or Condrieu Lieu-Dit L'ALEAU.

Domaine Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond

10 hectares 38,000 bottles produced. Another set of brothers making equally impressive wines, although these are from the northern sector more on schist with holdings in Colline de Couzou, Cote Rozier and Les Rochains. They seem to be always looking to make improvements and you can really tell that the obvious oak of 10 years ago has given way to wines of more purity and elegance, as with many in the appellation. Rozier and Rochains are the more serious wines, with a longer time in a small percentage of newer oak, whilst the more immediately approachable Colline de Couzou is made up of several sites including Rozier, Rochains, then from the south Coteaux de Tupin and Semons. The Condrieu is always a winner - for me it seems to hit the sweet spot in every vintage, never too exuberant but with enough floral notes and exotic spice all carried with good acidity. This year we have added the great value wines of Sensation du Nord - a Syrah and a Viognier - both perfect drinking now but equally a year or two for the Syrah would do no harm.

Domaine Pierre Gaillard

Pierre Gaillard's passion for wine-making developed at an early age when he was discovered ploughing in the vineyard with a plough horse when only twelve years old. After studying oenology at Montpelier he went on to work for a large estate in Côte Rôtie where he steeped himself in the 'terroirs' and traditions of this famous vineyard. In 1981 he bought his own vines in St Joseph and revived the 'Clos de Cuminaille', an ancient vineyard dating back to Roman times. Since then he has bought vines in both Côte Rôtie and Condrieu, and his family have continued to develop the business.

Domaine Rémi Niero

This estate is on an upward trajectory; every time we taste the wines we are impressed. Unusually for a domaine in this part of the world, they are white led with nearly 70% of the production dedicated to the beautiful but fickle Viognier grape. The Côte Rôtie is really smart too, polished and sleek providing immediate pleasure. One of the stars here is the St Joseph, on song and it is an absolute joy of a wine that just flows with drinkability. The smart and charming Rémi started to work alongside his father in 2004 and today is in charge of the domaine along with his wife Krystel. They are the 3rd generation of winemakers and continue the tradition of the estate's refined and pure wines from Viognier and Syrah working from their cellars in Condrieu. The domaine has recently fully converted to organic farming, the wines much like the estate are pristine and pure.

This is one of the original domaines of the Condrieu appellation, and centred on the oldest vineyard, above Condrieu itself and with a decent holding in the Coteau du Chéry, which, with the Coteau du Vernon, is considered one of the best sites. The domaine existed 45 years ago when the whole appellation was just 8 hectares of vines (it's now 160 hectares), under the name Pinchon. Rémi's father Robert married the Pinchon daughter, so now, having been Domaine Niero-Pinchon for a bit, it has been shortened to simply Niero when Rémi took over. The Condrieus come from just over 4 hectares of vines, all in the commune of Condrieu itself, in the parcels Coteau de Chéry, La Roncharde, Côte Chatillon, La Caille, Vergelas and Corbéry. The Condrieus are aged in tank (60%) and barrel (40%) for a year. The Côte-Rôties come from two sites, La Viallière and Le Coteau de Bassenon, from the southern end of the appellation, a total of nearly 2 hectares. They are aged for 16 months in barrel, with 20% new wood.