We continue our careful exploration of the northern Rhône with the addition of this stellar producer of Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, St. Joseph and Cornas. Now in the third generation of the Pichon family, the estate covers 16 hectares split between the four appellations above and a small quantity of vin de pays. The domaine offers elegant, perfumed wines that punch way above their weight when their modest cost is considered – the WineWise paradigm!
The startlingly beautiful and exemplary Syrah nose of this wine makes its name entirely apt, for rarely has a perfume offered so much promise that is then fully realised on the palate. This is a silkily gorgeous wine with such purity of fruit that it is hard to believe that 75% of the barrels in which it was aged were new. To achieve such high class for such a tarriff is scarcely to be believed.
At this echelon, Condrieu demonstrates its reputation as one of the world’s great white wines. As powerful and intense as a fine burgundy, it is made like one, too, being mostly vinified in barrique (30% new), with complete m.l.. Just 20% is done in cuve to retain freshness. The resulting wine is voluptuous but contained, vibrant and complete with impressive length on the palate.