Delas Freres Condrieu ‘Clos Boucher’
August 29, 2018, James Suckling
“Attractive, ripe white with oranges and apricots, as well as gingery pastry and a citrus, lemon edge. The palate has good flesh with a bright core of acidity. Long, juicy, succulent and concentrated. Superb. Barrel sample.”
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. The vineyard has often been a victim of history and almost disappeared on several occasions, during the barbarian invasions, in the days of the “Grandes Compagnies” (in the 17th and 18th centuries) and, more recently, at the end of the 19th century, with the phylloxera infestation. Well before the modern period, the trading port of Condrieu and its river fleet carried the reputation of its wines far and wide.
This cuvée is the result of a plot selection. The grapes come exclusively from the “Clos Boucher” vineyards, which enjoys southern exposure, just like the famous Château Grillet, its closest neighbour. This wine is produced only in the very best years, and in quantities that are deliberately limited to 6,500/7,000 bottles (75 cl.) per year. After pressing and racking, the must is entirely fermented in new oak casks.
Condrieu “Clos Boucher” is light gold in colour, with some deeper golden tinges. Its nose shows deep aromas that are reminiscent of exotic fruit and crystallised peach. This is a very concentrated wine which produces a lots of intense, ripe flavours on the palate. Its smooth texture is enhanced by a subtle touch of oak, which gives it an added dimension and distinctive character.
This wine pairs well with asparagus, steamed fishes on a butter sauce, citrus cooked chicken.
Varietals: 100% Viognier
Suggested Retail Price: $79.99