Saint Cosme Condrieu 2016 (Northern Rhone, France) - [WS 95] [VM 93]

Saint Cosme Condrieu 2016
(Northern Rhone, France) - [WS 95] [VM 93]

Regular price $150.00 Sale price $79.97 Save $70.03

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Notes from the Winemaker:
Saint Cosme Condrieu is produced from fully-ripened Viognier which Louis Barruol believes is essential to achieving the variety's full potential. "But ripeness must not imply excessive alcohol", says Barruol, "We seek balance".The wine is matured for eight months in used 228-liter barrels and undergoes full malolactic fermentation on fine lees for 12 months.

Tasting Notes:
Saint Cosme Condrieu shows classic aromas and flavors of dried apricot, peach, and orange blossom with fennel, anise, and elderflower. Twelve months of aging on its fine lees in used Burgundian piece brings texture to the palate. This is a classic Condrieu.

Food Pairing:
Viognier aged in neutral barrels has a full body and rich texture with medium acidity. It is easily paired with dishes that feature creamy sauces, mild white fish, and roasted pork or chicken.

Ratings & Reviews

95 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"This delivers a textbook display of peach, apricot, star fruit and anise notes, but in a package that is livelier than other versions from Condrieu, as racy honeysuckle, quinine and verbena hints add layers of energy through the finish. Drink now through 2022. 415 cases made." - JM (Nov 2018)

93 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media:
"Light green-hued yellow. Powerful, mineral-accented orchard and pit fruits on the nose, joined by a suave floral nuance as the wine stretches out. Sappy, penetrating and seamless in texture, offering vibrant tangerine, Anjou pear and white peach flavors and a sneaky hint of tarragon. Shows excellent focus and nervy, mineral cut on the finish, which lingers with outstanding tenacity." - Josh Raynolds (May 2018)