Brunel De La Gardine Condrieu

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Brunel De La Gardine Condrieu has a straw yellow core with a gold rim. The nose is opulent and expressive; apricot, peach and quince aromas dominate, with notes of violets, honey and baking spices under. Rich and full-figured, this is harmonious and well balanced with an almost buttery brioche finish.

Country: France
Region: Rhône Valley
Subregion: Condrieu
Vintage: 2011
Colour: White
Grape Variety: Viognier
ABV: 13.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Plumptious
Drink With: Crab ravioli

Formerly labelled simply as Vin Blanc de la Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu lies on the right bank of the Rhône, bordering the départements of the Ardèche, the Rhône and the Loire. Its terrain is notable for its extremely steep slopes with gradients up to 50 degrees, making the growing and tending of vines really quite perilous.

Condrieu is the birthplace of Viognier, the sole permitted grape variety of this appellation. The reputation of its vineyards was born in Roman times and, despite enduring the torments of phylloxera and two World Wars, it inexplicably fell from favour and was reduced to just ten hectares of vines by 1960. Thanks to a surge in the popularity of Viognier in places such as California during the 1980s, the vineyards of Condrieu have subsequently experienced considerable expansion and today measure just over 100 hectares.

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