La Combe Pilate Biodynamic Viognier, IGP Collines Rhodaniennes, M Chapoutier, Rhone, France, 2020
Grape: 100% Viognier, unoaked, fruit from Chapoutier's personal estate.
Certified organic and biodynamic. Whole-bunch pressed. Fermentation followed by 8–9 months' ageing in demi-muids (600-litre barrels) previously used for one or several vintages. Undergoes malolactic conversion. Very light stirring up of the lees during the first months of ageing.
This dry white wine is delicate with notes of bergamot and flint stone. Very fresh on entry, dominated by the typical Viognier aromas. On the mid-palate, there is good balance between the acidic tension associated with its terroir of origin and the natural full body of the varietal and its ageing. The finish is savoury, bringing out the rustic and mineral overtones.
"Full-bodied, a little oily in texture, with remarkable spicy apricot and peach fruit concentration and intensity. Very good value option for those without the wherewithal for Condrieu."
90/100 points (Silver Medal), Decanter World Wine Awards, 2022
Great with sautéed shrimp with ginger, rillettes tapas with salmon and lime, or cod tartare with radish.
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