2017 Chéry Domaine Rémi Niero
From a miniscule 0.8 hectare vineyard with vines averaging 70 years old, the Coteau du Chéry is considered to be one of the finest Viognier plots in Condrieu. Lees ageing with batonnage, 40% aged for 12 months in mostly new oak and 60% stainless steel. Richer fruit than Ravines, more precise and perfumed with notes of apricot, jasmine and orange peel, again the acidity is fresh and gives the wine real poise and drive, the spice from the fruit is really well integrated with the balance of oak lending a touch of vanilla but nothing more, really expressive and well made. Drinking range: 2019 - 2023 L&S (Feb 2019)
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Light, bright yellow. Heady, mineral- and spice-accented aromas of ripe citrus and pit fruits and pungent flowers are complemented by a suave, building floral element. Silky and penetrating, offering intense white peach, tangerine and pear flavors that fan out through the mid-palate. Shows impressive energy and spicy cut on a long, smooth finish that echoes the floral note emphatically. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 Rating: 94 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com(May 2020)
The 2017 Condrieu Chery offers slightly more stone fruits, white flowers, and crushed citrus, with plenty of spice and obvious minerality coming through with time in the glass. Its vibrant, fresh and elegant on the palate, with perfect balance. It's another high-quality white from this estate. Rating: 95 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Dec 2019)
Slightly richer nose than Les Ravines, but more of the slaty minerality and less of the apricot fruit – very subtle fruit for Viognier in fact. On the palate the minerality is there and it has a nice richness on the palate (without being oily) and again subtle fruit. Elegant expression again, more vinous than Les Ravines. The alcohol is a little pronounced on the finish, but a well-made pure style. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025 Rating: 16.5 Alistair Cooper MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Dec 2019)
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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