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Les Alexandrins Condrieu 2016

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Winemaker Notes

Pretty yellow color with green undertones. Very fruity and fresh nose on exotic fruit, pineapple, acacia flowers, lychee's, peach. Very elegant and discreet ageing notes of sweet spice. This 2016 Condrieu presents beautiful balance between richness and mineral tension which brings a lot of length to this wine. The finish is saline with beautiful bitterness.

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WS 96
Wine Spectator
Rich, offering a wide array of creamed pear, yellow apple, peach and apricot flavors stitched with citrus oil and anise notes. Stays energetic and detailed, with ripples of jasmine, honeysuckle, bitter orange and almond throughout, showing a flash of minerality buried on the finish.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Still floral and vibrant, the 2016 Condrieu Maison les Alexandrins is medium to full-bodied, with a softly dusty, tactile feel on the palate that's akin to crushed stone or gentle tannins. Apricot and melon notes turn more citrusy on the lingering finish.
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Les Alexandrins, France
Domaine & Maison Les Alexandrins came into being with the collaboration of three figures of the Northern Rhône Valley: Nicolas Jaboulet, 6th generation of a winegrowing family in Tain l’Hermitage since 1834; Guillaume Sorrel, son of Marc Sorrel of Domaine Sorrel in Hermitage; and Alexandre Caso, specialist in the terroirs of the Northern Rhône. They came together in 2012 when Jaboulet (head of Maison Nicolas Perrin, founded in 2007) and Sorrel along with Caso (who together founded Domaine Les Alexandrins in Mercurol in 2009) began working parcel-by-parcel in Crozes-Hermitage for the wines of Maison Nicolas Perrin. Their shared knowledge of the terroir, of the wines that have marked the history of the Northern Rhône Valley, and their appreciation of the great wines of their region quickly inspired them to go even further together. In 2014, the desire of Caso and Sorrel to promote the Domaine Les Alexandrins wines and Jaboulet's ambition to anchor Maison Nicolas Perrin in the heart of the Northern Rhône Valley led the three men to strengthen their cooperation. From 2015, Maison Nicolas Perrin took a majority share in Domaine Les Alexandrins, reflected in the change of name to “Domaine et Maison Les Alexandrins”. Their collaboration made it possible to pursue the dream of Domaine Les Alexandrins – that of making Northern Rhône wines that embody pure classicism – and at the same time transform Maison Nicolas Perrin and Maison Les Alexandrins to expand an offer already long acclaimed for its quality across all the appellations of the Northern Rhône.
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Condrieu Wine

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As the source of some of the most vibrant and powerful white wines in France, Condrieu is uniquely situated in one of the northern outposts of the Rhone River. It is the original Viognier appellation with a wine growing history reaching back well over two thousand years. Like most of the wine regions of the Northern Rhone, Condrieu’s vines grow on extremely steep and narrow granite terraces. But what makes the region unique is a topsoil, locally called, “arzelle,” made of decomposed mica. This and a sheltering of the harsh northern winds, make optimal sites to produce opulent and brilliant Viognier. It is a tiny zone with no room for expansion and produces miniscule amounts of wine each year, contributing to its allure.

A fine Condrieu will have aromas and flavors suggestive of ripe stone fruit, lime peel, green almond, ginger, white flowers and toasted nuts. A honeyed smell may mislead you to think the wine will be sweet but the modern style favors totally dry on the palate. Its texture will be full and soft but a touch of mineral will provide great balance.

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Full-figured and charmingly floral, Viognier is one of the most important white grapes of the northern Rhône where it is used both to produce single varietal wines and as an important blending grape. Look for great New World examples from California, Oregon, Washington and cooler parts of Australia.

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