Amour de Dieu Condrieu
Condrieu Amour de Dieu 2011 - 90 points, The Rhone Report/ Made in a very clean and classy style, the barrel-fermented Condrieu offers textbook white flowers, citrus, and mineral qualities along with a medium-bodied, juicy, and lively palate. Well put together, with an overall balanced, delicious profile that gains steam in the glass, it should be enjoyed over the coming 4-5 years.Add winemaker's notes
Jean-Luc Colombo was born in Marseilles and originally trained as a pharmacist but in 1986 he bought the 8 hectare 'Les Ruchots ' vineyard in the Cornas appellation.He still lives on that estate,which is now organic, with his wife Anne and daughter Lauren but his business has expanded considerably as he now owns vineyards in many Rhone valley and Languedoc appellations and also operates as a consultant and negociant..
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Condrieu Amour de Dieu 2011 - 90 points, The Rhone Report/ Made in a very clean and classy style, the barrel-fermented Condrieu offers textbook white flowers, citrus, and mineral qualities along with a medium-bodied, juicy, and lively palate. Well put together, with an overall balanced, delicious profile that gains steam in the glass, it should be enjoyed over the coming 4-5 years.
Hailed as the winemaking wizard of the Rhône, Jean-Luc Colombo has achieved a high-profile international reputation for making innovative wines that are original, memorable and bursting with personality. Despite a resolute aversion to change in the Cornas region, Colombo has brazenly introduced innovative methods in his vineyards and throughout the production process based on a respect for nature and his fundamental belief that good wine is the culmination of three key elements: terroir, human endeavor and modern winemaking techniques. The result? A more accessible style of Rhône Valley wines, reflecting an exuberance of fruit and depth of expression and showcasing the full potential of the Syrah grape when grown in the unique terroir of Cornas. Through his intense dedication, Colombo has brought the wines of Cornas into the international limelight. The company now embraces wines representing major appellations of the Rhône Valley as well as the Languedoc and Roussillon regions of southern France. Production Area Rhone Valley, France Grapes come from 40-year-old vines that grow on very step granite slopes near the village of Malleval in the northern Rhône Valley. All work in the vineyards is done manually and without the use of pesticides or irrigation, respecting the local environment. Grape Varieties 100% Viognier Vinification Grapes are hand-harvested and de-stemmed. Fermentation takes places in stainless steel tanks at an average temperature of 54°F. Fermentation then continues in barrels at approximately 60.8°F, making the total fermentation time 3 weeks. The wine is aged in 50% new and 50% 1-year-old oak on the lees for a period of one year. A weekly stirring of the lees during the first few months is followed by malolactic fermentation. Color Golden yellow, characteristic of a great Condrieu Bouquet Complex nose of apricots, pear, acacia and soft spices accompanied by hints of vanilla Taste Rich, powerful and aromatic on the palate with a long and elegant finish; intense flavors of lychee nut, peach and exotic fruit. This wine is well balanced, with a fresh, pleasing acidity. Alcohol 12.5% Serving Suggestions Pairs well with fish dishes, poultry, grilled white meats, salads, grilled vegetables and a variety of appetizers and light cuisine.
Amour de Dieu Condrieu/ A juicy, floral style, with fresh pineapple, star fruit and honeysuckle notes, followed by a flash of almond on the finish.
Condrieu Amour de Dieu 2011 - 90 points, International Wine Cellar/ Light, bright yellow. Fresh, floral-accented peach and pear aromas are brightened by notes of green tea and dusty minerals. Juicy and light on its feet, offering bright orchard fruit flavors and a touch of anise. Fleshy but lithe, finishing with very good clarity and a hint of succulent herbs.
/ A broad, mature syle, with lots of buttery toast leading the way for melon ball, papaya and pear tartine notes, followed by a rich, creamy finish. Drink now.
/ ...shows crisp litchi nut notes intermixed with honeysuckle and marmalade. It is crisp, elegant, rich in fruit, with underlying good minerality.
The Comeback of Condrieus Is the Story of a Singular Grape/ Fresh, lively and straightforward.