Condrieu is the original home of the Viognier vine and is the source of one of the world’s most exotic white wines. The tiny, parcelated appellation (500 acres total) is located on steep hillsides beginning at a bend in the Rhône river just south of Côte Rôtie and continuing intermittently about 12 miles further south. Marcel Guigal supplements the production of his own Condrieu vineyards with grapes purchased from numerous small growers, vinifying two thirds of the wine in stainless steel and the remainder in new barriques.
The delicately elusive perfume suggests pears, spice, and honeysuckle, while on the palate the wine is surprisingly rich and full-bodied, a wine for both the intellect and the senses.
Condrieu may be enjoyed as apéritif with foie gras, lobster and other rich seafoods, and white asparagus.
"Even better, the 2012 Condrieu (same elevage as the 2011) is a slightly fresher effort that offers vibrant white peach, apricot, flowers and assorted tropical notes. Possessing awesome acidity and freshness, yet still showing the texture and depth of the appellation and variety, it is a knockout Condrieu to enjoy over the coming 4-5 years."
The Wine Advocate
"Pale gold. Pungently aromatic scents of dried pear, citrus zest, chamomile and violet, with a hint of anise in the background. Concentrated and lively on the palate, with tactile pear skin and Meyer lemon flavors given added power by deeper nectarine and honey qualities. Sharply delineated on the close, leaving chalky mineral and pit fruit nectar notes behind."
International Wine Cellar