2021 Viognier Domaine Graeme & Julie Bott
With Graeme & Julie Bott you get a real sense of the new generation and the changing of the guard and style. Nothing exemplifies this more than the First Flight Viognier in 2021, a difficult vintage because of the April frosts that effected the whole of France. The lightness of touch and mineral drive here keeps everything in check, you have the classic floral notes of peach, apricot & a touch of mandarin too, but there is no fat, this is lean and pure with brightness and precision, just a lovely glass of wine to enjoy now and over the next couple of years. L&S (May 2022)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles of wine (or 9 litre equivalent) or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified (4.5 litres) to get the discounted 'case price' for each bottle.
Parcel on the limit of Condrieu, apparently! Served a little too cool so it’s difficult to get much aroma. Though the saltiness on the palate is marked. A bit of a hole on the mid palate. 13% Drinking range: 2023 - 2025 Rating: 15.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Oct 2023)
Domaine Graeme & Julie Bott
A love story and a bit of good fortune; a love of the Syrah grape that led Graeme to the Rhone and the love of his life Julie, who came together whilst working at the prestigious cellars of Stephane Ogier. Theirs is a back story of adventure and spirit and one of serendipity too.
Our relationship with the pair stretches back some 8 years or so, when we often stopped and shared a beer after the Marché aux vins in Ampuis every January, it was no surprise when they told us they were setting out on their own journey.
The surprise came when they discovered that the house they had purchased in Verin, complete with 0.35 hectare of garden, was within the appellation of Condrieu, between the in-demand Coteau de Chéry and the illustrious Chateau Grillet. Graeme & Julie like to pick early to capture the freshness, the wines tend be expressive, bright and pure.
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