M. Chapoutier Condrieu 2011
Condrieu is very much Viognier in its poshest frock. But it’s a really posh frock mind and unfortunately the poor old wine drinker ends up paying for it…. In short it’s not a market I’ve had much of a chance to muddle about in.
However, offered a chance to sample this wine recently I, whilst trying to remain calm and composed, jumped at the chance. Really quite high in fact. I’m glad I did as it really is a stunning wine and, with apologies to the tremendous “Drink Me” Branco 2011 by Niepoort, has now become the current holder of my “Best White Wine of the Year” gong. That said, white wine season is fast approaching so it may not be a lengthy stay.
I’ve described a wine as being an “assault on the senses” before but I now wonder if I might have over-exaggerated on that previous occasion as this very much is an assault on the senses. It grabs you from your first sniff and all too soon you’re having to say good bye to the tiny bit of wine you’ve managed to save for your last drop. The nose is floral with a hint of clementine and the clementine note is strong on the palate too with a hint of marshmallow and smoky tones.
I can probably give the wine no higher praise than to say it was so good we actually paused Masterchef twice to talk about the wine. I hope that means as much in Condrieu as it does in Bromsgrove…..
Even better is that this wine has just appeared on www.Vente-Privee.com at a knock down price of £72 for 3 bottles. I can also very heartily recommend the M Chapoutier Saint-Joseph 2011 (£75 for 6 bottles) and the Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011 (£57 for 3 bottles) which appear in the same sale. These are fantastic wines and very good prices. Fill up quick!….