2016 Les Ravines Domaine Rémi Niero
Very expressive nose, where Viognier fruit, with its notes of citrus and exotic pineapple are mixed with floral scents. The palate is both citrus-fresh and full, coating the mouth, and the finish is rich and long. To drink from now and over the next year or two. L&S (Sep 2018)
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Heady, rich, smooth and chock-full of flavour and attractive smokiness. No shy, retiring flower! Slightly bitter finish. Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Oct 2018)
If you want to know what Viognier tastes like in its heartland of Condrieu, this is a good place to start; glorious honeysuckle, floral top-notes over richly textured stone fruit in a dry white that’s all about delicacy and restraint, yet somehow managing to fill the mouth with flavour thanks to its finely balanced, refreshing fruit quality. Rating: 92 The Wine Gang - www.thewinegang.com(Oct 2018)
This domaine turned out a trio of fine 2016s. The 2016 Condrieu Les Ravines, blended from five different granite lieux-dits, features scents of crushed stone to go along with bold pineapple fruit. It's round and even a bit oily but not overdone, balanced by hints of ginger and white pepper on the finish. Drinking range: 2018 - 2020 Rating: 92-94 Joe Czerwinski, www.robertparker.com(Jan 2018)
The 2016 Condrieu Les Ravines is more fresh and vibrant, with medium-bodied notes of citrus blossom, spice, and mineral nuances. It doesn’t have the exotic, majestic style of the other two cuvées, but is still a beautiful Condrieu that will keep for 3-5 years. Drinking range: 2018 - Rating: 92 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Jan 2018)
Domaine Rémi Niero
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.
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