Château-grillet Wine

An monopole enclave within the appellation of Condrieu, Château-Grillet is France's second smallest appellation with just 9.4 acres of vineyard planted entirely with Viognier. An amphitheatre of narrow terraced granite sheltered from the northern wind, Château-Grillet, which makes up the entire appellation, has been owned by the Neyret-Gachet family since 1830. The estate's Viognier wines are more austere and less headily perfumed than Condrieu. This is partly because they are kept in oak casks for a year before bottling and can age up to a decade. The annual production is just 2,000 cases, and the wine is bottled in unique brown glass bottles that are used nowhere else in France. Although the estate's wines were appreciated by Thomas Jefferson, Château-Grillet current high prices are more a reflection of the wine's rarity than its quality. Critics and consumers alike believe that there is enormous untapped potential here! – Description from Rodolphe Boulanger

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  • JD, don't knock that co-fermentation, IMHO it really does add positive ... ... thought that, other than in Chateau Grillet's bottlings, viognier's best use was spiffing up a syrah blend...  ; Read More

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  • There's too much group think and gathering around the known and popular ... ... down a small vertical of Chateau Grillet, with which to wow your drinking buddies. Always good to suss out the standard creators/bearers in any area, even specific wine grapes and styles. Learn how it's been done best then see what the other efforts are in context.... Read More

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  • Grillet does age, JD. At least it used to--haven't had any for a few years now. All my viognier drinking has been French wines, starting in the late '70s, early '80s with vintages going back to the '60s. Grillet was pricey then, but not quite like now and well within reach. It was qualitatively in its own category, almost as much as, say, a d'Yq... Read More

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  • As I said I have not tried Chateau Grillet,firstly because you very rarely see it for sale,and secondly, because it is a horrendously expensive wine [ think a serious classed growth from Bordeaux or a Grand Cru Burgundy ]  I do not agree with DMCKER and GREGT  that the Condrieu appellation promises much and delivers little as I have enjoyed seve... Read More

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  • Duncan, wasn't talking about all Condrieu or Viognier. Just a lot that has ... ... sure, a vicious cycle. Chateau Grillet was both unique and excellent back when I was drinking it, but that's been sometime, now, and thus my question about how it might be these days, in a very different marketplac Read More

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  • As RCKR1951 says viognier originated in France,like so many of the so-called ... some have a floral finish. Chateau Grillet is also made of viognier but I have not tried o Read More

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  • QUOTEI'm not sure your statement about most French wine regions are ... ... For example, Condrieu and Chateau Grillet may only grow Viognier. Saint Peray may only grow Marsanne and Roussanne.Outside of Rhone, you have others. In Beaujolais for example, Gamay is the only red grape allowed in Morgon (And probably some other Beaujolais cru as wel... Read More

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  • Nice reporting. Keep it up, please.I have fond memories of kayaking tandem with ... from three continents.  Chateau Grillet whites, Beaucastel and another C9dP and a Jaboulet Hermitage and a LaLa. Baskets of food from the Uzes farmer's market. Then lazily back to the river.Stayed in Avignon and Uzès, had cases and cases of good wine, usually at... Read More

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  • Neyret-Gachet Château-Grillet 2001


    Floral, with rose notes. Nice coating to the mouth, without being too syrupy. We enjoyed this at Gramercy Tavern, April 2013. Read More

    Wine review by Cab Lovers

  • Château-Grillet Neyret-Gachet Château-Grillet 2007


    Pale lemon in color. Medium intensity, complex and developing nose of lemon, peach, pear, white flowers and almond. Medium acidity, body and palate of peach, honey, lemon, almond, white flowers. With a salty tinge and medium+ length. Very good quality in view of the complexity and long length. Ready to drink now but can keep. Read More

    Wine review by Peter Choy

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