2014 Paul Jaboulet Aîné 'Domaine des Grands Amandiers' Condrieu
Plum Market Notes: Viognier at its best produces a white wine of great complexity, lush, heady, and redolent of honeysuckle and yellow stone fruit. Unproductive and difficult to grow, its rarity adds to its exoticism. It finds its highest expression in the Northern Rhone, in the tiny, white-wine-only appellation of Condrieu, just south of Cote-Rotie.
We got our hands on a stunning example from the venerable, now-dispersed house of Paul Jaboulet Aine. If you find this gem anywhere, it is upwards of $100/bottle. We are offering it at $49.97! Almond trees on the property give the wine its name.
Winemaker Notes: High pitched aromas of citrus and salty minerals. A pure and laser-cut Condrieu with aromas of fresh yellow and white flowers, and white peaches just pulled off of the tree.
Wine Enthusiast - "This lush, concentrated Viognier combines cool-weather weight with summertime echoes of apricots and honey. Hints of toasty oak provide an ample frame for this full-bodied wine that avoids any sense of oiliness or heaviness while remaining bold, rich and long. Drink now–2020."
Robert Parker - "In 1834, a full 100 years before the introduction of the A.O.C. system, Antoine Jaboulet began to transform a sleepy region into one of the most important quality winegrowing terroirs in the world. Since that time, Paul Jaboulet Aîné has become the benchmark in the Northern Rhône, with the iconic Hermitage ‘La Chapelle’ being responsible for some of the greatest wines ever produced. In 2006, the Frey family of Champagne purchased this historic property and committed tremendous effort and resources to improve upon the already legendary estate. They immediately started converting the estate vineyards to biodynamic principals and encouraging sustainable practices from every family grower they work with. With each successive vintage the purifying effects of these natural agricultural improvements can be felt and tasted. This is one of France’s finest estates, the crown jewel of the Rhône Valley. Oenologist and proprietor Caroline Frey is producing the authentic standard for quality Syrah across the Northern Rhône. Looking at 2014, this was an average vintage for the reds, but a terrific vintage for the whites. I loved the 2014 Condrieu Domaine des Grands Amandiers and this fresh, elegant Condrieu offers a classic floral character in addition to lots of citrus, tangerine and peach aromatics, medium to full-bodied richness and beautiful length."
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