Delas Condrieu 'La Galopine' Blanc 2011


eRobertParker 91 Points!


Variety: 100% Viognier
Appellation: Condrieu AC
Region: Northern Rhone, France

France, Rhone Valley
750mL
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CHARACTERISTICS This cuvée is a blend from 4 vineyard plots: Vérin, Saint-Cyr-sur-le-Rhône, Chavanay and Saint-Pierre-de-Boeuf. Average Delas production: 13,000 bottles (75 cl.) per year. 

WINE MAKING After hand-picking, the grapes travel to the winery in small boxes. Gentle pressing produces a must that is fermented at low temperatures 61-64°F (16 to 18°C) within temperaturecontrolled vats in order to make the most of the complex aromas of the Viognier variety. Each year, a variable part of the crop is fermented (20% max.) in new oak casks.

MATURING Right after the malolactic fermentation, the wine is racked and then aged fine lees, in order to improve the richness of its structure, while keeping its exceptional varietal aromas. Bottling takes place around mid-April.

TASTING NOTES The colour is a straw yellow, with green tinges. This Condrieu has layers of amazingly powerful and complex aromas: violets, apricots, peaches, honey and dried fruit. On the palate, these exuberant flavours are rich, powerful, and highly seductive, with an unctuous texture and a mass of exotic fruit on the finish.

- Delas Freres

 

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 91 Points!
"Slightly more mineral-laced, with a straight, clean profile, the 2011 Condrieu Galopine has similar citrus rind, mint, flower oil and pear notes, as well as hints of apricot, to go with a pure, medium-bodied profile on the palate. Spending 12 months all in neutral oak, it's a clean, classy Condrieu to drink over the coming 4-5 years or so"
Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate #210, December 2013