Domaine les Grands Bois Viognier, Côtes du Rhône
A delicious Viognier from the Southern Rhône’s 2013 vintage. Robert Parker describes Domaine Les Grands Bois as "consistently one of my favourite estates.” They only make very small volumes meaning that their wines are concentrated and packed with character. The result is a sophisticated, floral wine with fantastic minerality and depth.
The Press“This terrific value, peachy, honeysuckle-inflected white Rhône from a reliable but not stellar name is typical of the small but well-chosen and unpretentious range at fromvineyardsdirect, which is simply – and ingeniously – presented online like the list at your favourite local French restaurant. ”—David Williams, The Guardian (Wine of the Week) “Ok, rule book out of the window! This lusty, ripe, alluring Viognier—the white, not red, that you need with the smoked ham and barley soup. You will not find a better team, this week than this partnership.”—Matthew Jukes, Daily Mail “This gorgeous Viognier from a highly regarded southern Rhône estate certainly punches above its weight. Enticingly creamy, spicy and smoke, and an ideal foil for shellfish, substantial summer salads and white-meat dishes ”—Terry Kirby, The Independent on Sunday “2010 vintage. As readers have undoubtedly noted from previous reports on southern Rhones and best values, Domaine Les Grands Bois's proprietor, Marc Besnardeau, is at the top of his game, producing a bevy of wines that represents great value and over-delivers in every category. It seems like whatever Besnardeau fashions is well above its humbe pedigree and modest price. These 2009s and 2010s are the estate's finest effort since the brilliant 2007s.”—Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate “90 Points (2009 vintage) —may be the finest value in Viognier that I have ever tasted. Made from tiny yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare this wine’s extraordinary minerality was an unexpected surprise as I was expecting a tutti-fruity, plump white. Instead I got a classic Viognier exhibiting lots of floral, apricot, and peach notes intermixed with a crushed-rock like character as well as good acidity.”—Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Our tasting notesGolden yellow in colour. An intense floral nose with hints of pear, peach and apricot. Fresh, with lots of fruit but also a crisp minerality and a long full finish. Producers Mireille and Marc Besnardeau recommend it with roast pigeon or guinea fowl with prunes with morel cream sauce.
Wine dataGrape variety: Viognier 90%, Grenache white and gray 10%
Appellation: Côtes du Rhône
About ViognierViognier is most commonly associated with the Rhône, especially the northern parts, where it became extremely fashionable through its expression in Condrieu. Its distinctive aromatic nature has meant that it is a popular blending partner for both reds wines (with Syrah in Côte Rôtie) and white wines (most commonly with Grenache, Marsanne, Rousanne or Chardonnay).
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