I really liked the 19 Cote Chatillon when I tasted in Ampuis in January, although it had just been bottled. As ever the Bonnefonds seem to nail that sweet spot between light and floral and blousy and overdone. The nose is perfumed and floral, the mouthfeel more edges toward exotic satsuma, peach and apricot stone fruit but the acidity is keen, bring it all into focus. Delicious Condrieu for the next few years. L&S (May 2020)
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Shimmering, green-tinged straw. Vibrant, sharply delineated aromas of fresh nectarine, pear, orange and pungent flowers, along with a smoky mineral overtone. Sappy citrus, orchard fruit and honeysuckle flavors stain the palate and deepen steadily with air. The mineral note repeats emphatically on a strikingly long, focused finish that leaves juicy pear and floral tones behind. Drinking range: 2020 - Rating: 94-95 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com (May 2020)
Domaine Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond
Christophe and Patrick took over this family domaine in 1990. It extends to ten hectares, with small amounts of IGP 'Collines Rhodaniennes' Viognier (0.5 hectare) and Syrah (1 hectare) as well as the Condrieu and the three cuvées of Côte-Rôtie.
The Condrieu (1 hectare) comes from the granite soils of the Côte Chatillon. It is fermented in 440l barrels (with 30% new wood) at 18C and aged on the lees for ten months.
The 'Colline de Couzou' Côte-Rôtie comes from several plots in the north and south of the appellation, on schist and granite, about six hectares in total. All the reds are fermented in stainless steel with around 20% whole bunches. The Couzou is then aged in 400l barrels for eighteen months, with 20% new wood. Production hovers just above 2000 cases a year.
The Côte Rozier (0.5 hectare) is in the north of the appellation, on schist and mica-schist. The vinification is the same, but the percentage of new wood for this and the Rochains goes up to 30% and the élevage in barrel is extended to 20 months. Only about 160 cases a year. The Rochains (1 hectare), a slightly bigger cuvée at 300 cases a year, is also in the north of the appellation, the other side of La Landonne, on a soil of schist with lots of iron oxide. These are the oldest vines of the domaine.
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