2019 Chéry Domaine Rémi Niero
I always find Chery the most alluring of Condrieu sites, much more mineral & salinity in the wines. The 2019 along the lines of the other cuvees is marked out by its pitch perfect elegance, there is real winemaking skill on show here, balancing exuberance and restraint can not be easy. Exotic floral notes, an opulent wine but not in a rich way, perfumed, notes of bergamont, apricot, peach and a touch of cream, mandarin peel and that ginger spice all expertly woven together by a bright mineral core. I could drink this all night. Enjoy now and for the next 3 - 5 years, is this the best expression of Condrieu? L&S (Mar 2021)
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The 2019 Condrieu Chery is always a more steely, mineral-driven example of this appellation, but it packs a punch in 2019 and has powerful notes of buttered citrus, pineapple, honeysuckle, and a liquid rock-like minerality. These carry to a rich, full-bodied Condrieu with an opulent texture, moderate acidity, and a great finish. As with most 2019 Condrieu (and 2018s), it's not going to be the longest lived, but who cares? Drink this brilliant wine over the coming 4-5 years. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 Rating: 96 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Nov 2020)
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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