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Moving on to the most famous White Rhône there is, Viognier, I think you’d be hard pressed to find a better producer than Cuilleron. While his reds sometimes seem a bit too managed for me, the array of Viognier he has produced within the Condrieu appellation are always worth taking a look at. Try La Petite Côte for youthful fruit and some obvious barrel ageing, Les Chaillets for a deeper expression of the same, Vertige for more mass and power and Ayguets for a uniquely sweet expression of Viognier.

Of course that is just the tip of the iceberg. Cuilleron produces other Viognier wines, Marsanne, Roussanne and blends from throughout the Rhône in a similar style. Definitely a touchstone for white wines in the Rhône.

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  • Being a numbers guy, I'm just mildly interested in the total # of this sampling that you were able to cull down to 10. So how many did you taste? Texas seems to have a problem with distribution so I will need more friends in NY and CA who are willing to ship me some "vinegar" from time to time! For the time being I am enjoying the local stuff.

    Apr 05, 2012 at 2:42 PM

  • Lots of imports and bigger guys. We just had the Domestic Rhone Rangers event where over a hundred producers, mostly small, poured. All of us ship wine :) Perhaps you will get around to us sometime? :)

    Apr 05, 2012 at 3:42 PM

  • I live in Oregon and absolutely love the Viognier and Grenache Blanc at Dobbes Family Estate. I think the Viognier is the best I've ever had and it is really cool that Joe Dobbes is the only winemaker in the state who is currently selling a 100% Grenache Blanc. It is always refreshing to try something unique. I wish I'd seen Oregon represented on the list above.

    Apr 06, 2012 at 12:31 PM

  • Texas is actually the best place to grow and vinify Viognier with Double Gold Medal Winners from Texas Wineries like Becker's, Lone Oak, Brennan's, McPherson, just to name a few. Andrea Imner named Becker Viognier the best Viogner she has tasted. This reaises the question, Why were Texas' great Viogniers not on the list? Is it an oversight or a bias?

    Apr 06, 2012 at 10:31 PM

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