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Château Grillet

If you want the antithesis of Yves Cuilleron, look no further than Château Grillet, long famous as France’s smallest appellation and one of only two devoted to a single estate. Château Grillet is surrounded by the Condrieu appellation, recognized for the high quality and distinctive terroir of Ch. Grillet. Another Rhône white that begs for some bottle age, Ch. Grillet is unusual in that it is produced exclusively from Viognier, a variety better known for early enjoyment than long term cellaring potential. Another rather unusual feature of Château Grillet is that they produce a single wine. The estate’s Viognier, bottled after two years in barrel, is prized by collectors and often needs at least a decade in the cellar to reveal all its secrets.
 

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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? :)
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    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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