After reading @Embee’s lovely notes about Yves Cuilleron’s ‘Les Vignes d’a Côte’ 2018 Viognier last week, and his recommendation that it’s definitely ‘drinking now’ – I decided to take the advice literally! The husband is making a Goan pork curry as we speak, so I thought this would make a good match to the wine:
My notes are very similar to Mark’s. This is a rather opulent Viognier, which nevertheless displays fantastic minerality and well-defined aromas and flavours. Lovely pale gold in the glass, the nose has notes of apricot, nectarine, rose petals and honeysuckle; on the palate it hits you with ripe - but fresh - notes of apricot, peach and acacia honey, mingled with cinnamon and saffron. That’s a tagine meal, right there!
What saves it from being cloying, heavy or too alcoholic on the palate (it is 14%) is a lively minerality which underlies it, and a slightly bitter tang to the finish. The vinification included a third of the parcels maturing in foudres, a third in Bourgogne barriques and a third which was maturing on the lees - which would explain the wonderfully chewy texture.
We’ll see how it evolves with the meal, but we both feel that this is Viognier as we love it – fresh, but unabashedly rich, rounded but also vibrant and precise. A good ending to a rather dreadful day.
What’s in your glass this week?