Condrieu Amour de Dieu Jean Luc Colombo, Northern Rhone, France, 2018
Grape: 100% Viognier
The vineyards for “Amour de Dieu” are located on the very steep granitic slopes of the Condrieu appellation, with a southern exposure and surrounded by tall oak woods. The grapes, from 40-year-old Viognier vines, are hand-harvested and de-stemmed. Fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks. Aged sur lie in oak (15% new; 85% in one- to four-year old barrels) for ten months. Weekly stirring of lees followed by malolactic fermentation.
Golden yellow colour with silver nuances. The nose is beautifully complex, with a light oakiness, rich aromas of apricots, peaches, and honeysuckle. The mouth is round and fresh, with an elegant, long finish.
"Condrieu is typically an aromatic wine but this honeysuckle-scented sip stuns with its piercing tangerine, apricot and lychee exuberance. Fermented in stainless steel and matured 10 months on its lees in oak (15% new), it's a spicy, cream-textured wine that's irresistible young but should continue to gain complexity through 2030 and longer."
94/100 points, Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast, September 2021
A perfect match for whitefish dishes, as well as boiled or grilled lobster with drawn butter. To be drunk in its youth, or within 4 to 5 years of age. Serve chilled 14°C - 15°C
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