2019 Les Caillets Domaine Benjamin et David Duclaux

Grapes Viognier
Colour White
Origin France, Rhône
District Northern Rhône
Village Condrieu
ABV 13.5%

Light golden in colour, vibrant floral aromatics which instinctively draw you in, apricot, white flower, honeysuckle and stone fruits drift around the mouth, a lovely touch of satsuma and a touch ginger on the finish, spot on and very pleasing. Another cracking effort from the Duclaux brothers. Will provide immense pleasure over the next 3-5 years if you can wait that long. Absolutely no shame in drinking this now, it is flowing and ready to go. L&S (Mar 2021)

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100% Viognier. Matured in old 228- and 300-litre oak barrels for seven to eight months on fine lees. Tasted blind. Honeysuckle and pear drop on the nose. A nice sense of freshness and a ripe honeyed palate with a floral tinge on the layered finish. Drinking range: 2021 - 2025 Rating: 16 Alistair Cooper MW - (Dec 2020)

I loved the 2019 Condrieu Les Caillets. A real beauty, this supple, sexy Condrieu has classic yellow and citrus fruits, lots of honey and flower notes, medium to full body, and a great finish. It brings lots of fruit yet stays fresh, silky, and clean, and is just a joy to drink. It's geared for the dinner table and should be enjoyed over the coming 2-3 years. Drinking range: 2020 - 2023 Rating: 94 Jeb Dunnuck, (Nov 2020)

Domaine Benjamin et David Duclaux

Founded by Frédéric Caillet, the great-grandfather of brothers Benjamin and David, in 1928, and then developed by their father Edmond, the domaine consists of 5.8 hectares of vines above Tupin et Semons, in the southern end of the Côte Rôtie appellation, where the bedrock is gneiss and granite. Production is limited to a total of around 2000 cases a year for the whole domaine.

The brothers are aiming to make the elegant style of wine which this rocky vineyard produces - and they certainly succeed. The Chana (Syrah with 7% Viognier) is a cuvée that is simply a 'gourmandise', supple, aromatic, fresh, pure. The Germine (Syrah with 3% Viognier) and the Maison Rouge (100% Syrah) are more structured, and while they can be drunk young, they will give their best with some age. The Domaine has also produced a small volume of Condrieu since 2014.

The wine-making is gentle, there is 20% whole-bunch in the Germine, but otherwise the grapes are de-stemmed. The Chana is aged in demi-muids, the others in smaller barrels - the Maison Rouge getting 40% new wood.

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