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Just like Cote-Rotie, Condrieu has a glorious history which goes back to Roman times. Extremely difficult agricultural conditions, attraction for better paying fruit farming, industrial development and its consequences all meant that rural exodus led to the final reduction of land in wine production to only 17 hectares in 1985. Thanks to a handful of winegrowers, today the Condrieu vineyard is back into development.
Chapoutier Coteaux du Chery is made from Viognier grapes grown on eroded granitic soils and mica-schists on a south-facing plot. The color is pale limpid yellow with green tints. On the nose are aromas of floral (acacia, honeysuckle, linden-tree) and fruit (plum, pear) with light smoky notes. The attack is fresh and well-balanced with mineral and salty notes and an aromatic and quiet tight final.
Chapoutier is one of the oldest wine producers in the Rhone Valley with a history dating back to 1808. A distant ancestor, Polydor Chapoutier, was the first to buy vines here, shifting from being a simple grape grower to making and trading his own wine. For the last two hundred years, the estate has been producing some of the greatest wines in the Rhone Valley. Today, the range also includes wines from some Roussillon appellations as well as projects in Portugal and Australia.
Under Michel Chapoutier’s leadership, quality improved and Chapoutier gained international recognition. The massive negociant and winery produces single-vineyard expressions and classic wines from a range of appellations in the north and south of the valley.
They have adopted biodynamic farming techniques and have included Braille markings on their labels since 1996. This was done from a desire to reach out to and include lovers of good wines with sight-impairments, and as a tribute to Maurice Monier of La Sizeranne, a member of the family that previously owned the vines of the same name and who invented the first abbreviated version of Braille.