2011 Chapoutier Condrieu Coteaux du Chery
Viognier - 750ML

  • WA 97
  • IWC 92

Reg: $89.94

$69.94

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Reg: $89.94

$69.94

This product is
out of stock

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WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2013
I was blown away by the 2011 Condrieu Coteaux du Chery! One of the top Condrieu I was able to taste during my more than two weeks spent working in the region, it boasts spectacular, exotic notes of ginger, apricot... I was blown away by the 2011 Condrieu Coteaux du Chery! One of the top Condrieu I was able to taste during my more than two weeks spent working in the region, it boasts spectacular, exotic notes of ginger, apricot, tangerine and white flowers to go with a full-scaled, seriously fruited, yet ethereal and elegant feel on the palate. Tasting like the essence of Condrieu, it too is blockbuster stuff that I wish every reader could taste. - Jeb Dunnuck
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, April 2013
Light, bright gold. A highly aromatic bouquet evokes pear, peach nectar, melon and white flowers. Round and supple in texture, offering densely packed honeydew and pit fruit flavors that expand and brighten with air. ... Light, bright gold. A highly aromatic bouquet evokes pear, peach nectar, melon and white flowers. Round and supple in texture, offering densely packed honeydew and pit fruit flavors that expand and brighten with air. Finishes smooth and sappy, with lingering peach and mineral notes.
Color & Type White
Varietal Viognier
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Condrieu
Vintage 2011

Label

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.

Winery

Chapoutier

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.