Delas Freres Condrieu ‘Clos Boucher’
Vintage: 2016 (Current) | 2017 (Pending)
January 24, 2018, Jeb Dunnuck
“A step up, the bigger, richer 2016 Condrieu Clos Boucher is blockbuster stuff, offering serious notes of crushed rock, buttered citrus, orange blossom, and a smoky, meaty, mineral character that’s hard to describe. Possessing full-bodied richness, beautiful mid-palate concentration and a seamless texture, this beauty will be even better this time next year and keep for 4-6 years.”
September 7, 2017, James Suckling
“Plenty of bright, ripe apricot and white peach fruits on the nose, with an array of poached pear fruits on the palate. Extremely fresh. Drink now.”
The Condrieu is one of the world‘s most elite winegrowing regions. The steep vineyards are difficult to cultivate, and as a result only 50 acres in Condrieu are currently under vine. Located on the right bank in Verin, near Château Grillet, Clos Boucher is one of Condrieu‘s oldest vineyards. Planted on five acres of granite slopes rising above the river, with southern exposure, Clos Boucher‘s 35-year-old vines consistently produce grapes of perfect maturity. This wine is produced only in the very best years, and in quantities that are deliberately limited each vintage.
The climate is moderately continental, hot and dry in summer, regular rainfalls during the other seasons.
Well before the modern period, the trading port of Condrieu and its river fleet carried the reputation of its wines far and wide.
The lie of the land is too steep to allow any mechanized picking. Very low yields give the wine a remarkable concentration and fullness. After pressing and racking, the must is entirely fermented in new oak casks. The wine is then left to age on its lees for nearly six months. It undergoes periodic stirring until the end of the ageing by rotation of the casts (oxoline system).
Light gold in color with some deeper golden tinges. The nose shows deep aromas that are reminiscent of exotic fruit and crystallized peach. This is a very concentrated wine that produces intense, ripe flavors on the palate. It has a smooth texture enhanced by a hint of oak, which gives it added dimension and distinctive character.
Varietals: 100% Viognier
Suggested Retail Price: $79.99