2020 Légende Bonnetta Clos de la Bonnette
The fruit for this wine comes from 1.5h of organically farmed vineyard in the Cote Bonnette, these are beautifully looked after and cared for vines. A quick look to the left and you can see the bare soil of Isabelle & Henri's neighbour, not here, wildflowers and grasses grow between the rows. The 2020 'Legende Bonenetta' is an absolute joy to drink, I would imagine it could keep for 3-8 years but I challenge anyone with the will power to try and resist immediate drinking because this just in a fabulous place right now. Full of apricot & floral peach notes, white flowers are abundant in the mouth with acacia, green tea & hints of ginger in the background, a nice touch of acidity too, a real beauty & worth every penny. L&S (May 2022)
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With a clean, fresh and aerial style, this is softly generous and juicy but not excessively full-bodied. Beautifully balanced acidity, it's soft and flowing. A natural, poetic style of Condrieu that's perfectly balanced, not as powerful as 2019 but so beautiful and classic. Just a touch on the light side perhaps, but so good. One year in 228-litre ex-Viognier or ex-Chardonnay barrels, at least two wines old. No enzymes added, a little battonage, malolactic completed, no fining, with some filtration just to remove the larger particles. Drinking range: 2022 - 2025 Rating: 96 Matt Walls, Decanter.com (May 2022)
Clos de la Bonnette
A new (ish) find, having tasted at trade shows and fairs in France, it was a recent write up in Decanter by Matt Walls that drew our attention back to the domaine. He went so far as to list it as his top Condrieu from the 2019 vintage - a strong field with some fairly serious contenders! Husband and wife team Isabelle & Henri are fully certified organic, they had been farming fruit and vegetables in the region since the 1970s but since 2009 have focused solely on the vine. They make some very compelling wines from a tiny 5 hectare estate, split between Condrieu and two sites in Côte Rôtie. Tasting these in London turned us into wide-eyed children – the wines are truly magical and surpassed our already elevated expectations. The Côte Rôtie and Condrieu are gorgeous – so sleek and polished, with a nose that you just want to dive into. We were also hugely impressed with the IGP Syrah – made with 35-45 year old vines, this was a delight.
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