E. Guigal, Condrieu (Rhône Valley, France) 2016

($61, Vintus):   Condrieu is a small, 500-acre, appellation just south of Côte Rôtie on the western bank of the Rhône River that produces only white wine made from the Viognier grape.  The clone, or bio-type, of Viognier in Condrieu is smaller and lower yielding than Viognier planted elsewhere, which helps explain the expense of the wine.  Guigal, the best and justifiably the most famous producer in the Rhône Valley, always makes an exceptional Condrieu.  Their 2016 fits that mold, delivering engaging floral note and bright, but not sweet, peachy flavors. An alluring slightly bitter finish provides a welcome ying-yang balance.  Fresh and bright, this Condrieu is a wonderful choice for those hard to match foods, such as roast pork, or sushi.
94 Michael Apstein Apr 2, 2019