"..some of the most robust viognier plants in Condrieu."
There seems to be a trend in importer Eric Solomon's portfolio of wines custom blended for the U.S. market. I've seen a number of his European Cellars' Spanish selections labeled as such. Southern France appears to be next up on the Solomon custom cuvee list. For example, take Domaine de la Janasse's VdP (Vin de Pays - essentially a notch below the AOC system) Viognier. Here's what Robert Parker says about the '04 vintage:
Rating: 88 points Drink: 2006-2007
The 2004 Viognier VDP d’Orange reveals copious quantities of orange marmalade, litchi, and mango notes in its exotic personality. Drink it over the next year. (Parker, 02/06)
Nice Bob, but is this description for the scent? For the flavor? Exactly what will this wine do in my mouth? And, should one purchase this 88-point wine based on big Parks' adjectival alliteration?
According to the description of this wine on the European Cellars site, this Viognier is made from, "some of the most robust viognier plants in Condrieu." Does that mean the grapes going into Dom. de la Janasse's wine are from overgrown, weedy, unruly vines? I'm confused.
OK. I'll sample the wine.
- Imported by European Cellars; 14% alcohol; 100% Viognier from declassified Condrieu vines
- Pale white gold in color
- Potent, exotic scents of ripe peach, lychee, candied orange and pineapple
- In the mouth, this wine is night & day from beginning to end. Janasse Viognier initially introduces itself as a lovely, simple Viognier - full-bodied, rich texture and offering exotic fruit flavors. Unfortunately, the finish is a bit off-putting. The wine seemed to possess a slightly green, vegetal finish, which overshadowed its otherwise enticing qualities. I sampled this wine solo; and with a few small bites. With food, the vegetal quality was muted
- Verdict: Not Recommended (sad to say)