Delas Frères Condrieu La Galopine

Rhône, France

Vintage:2019 (Current)

2018 (Past) |

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Delas Frères Condrieu La Galopine 2019
  • WE 94
  • WS 94
  • JD 93

Reviews

Jeb Dunnuck

93 Points

August 11, 2022, Jeb Dunnuck

“There are two Condrieu from this great estate. Starting with the 2019 Condrieu La Galopine, it's slightly lighter gold-hued and has a textbook nose of ripe white peach, honeyed apricots, green almonds, and flowers. It shows more richness and depth on the palate, with some classic Condrieu oomph as well as medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful overall balance, and a great finish. It's drinking nicely today and is ideal for enjoying over the coming 2-4 years or so. As with almost all great Condrieu, it's going to shine on the dinner table.”

Wine Enthusiast

94 Points

April 1, 2022, Anna Lee C. Iijima

“Notes of smoke and spice mingle into honeysuckle and lychee in this perfumed, fruity white. The palate is opulent and creamy, packed with white peach, lychee and apricot flavors. It is freshened by a lingering mineral crush and hints of fresh herb and leaf. Enjoy this complex, hedonistic wine now through 2030.”

Wine Spectator

94 Points

November 30, 2021, James Molesworth

“Ripe, flattering style, with a brioche frame around the mix of mirabelle, creamed peach, nectarine, acacia and lemon curd notes. Everything knits nicely through the unctuous finish. Drink now through 2025.”

Overview

On the right or west bank of the Rhône adjacent to the vineyards of Côte-Rôtie, the Condrieu area is one of the world‘s most elite. The steep vineyards are difficult to cultivate, and as a result only 50 acres in Condrieu are currently under vine. Here, Delas controls a small hillside vineyard in the Vérin area planted exclusively to Viognier. Soils are granite-based with a fine topsoil of decomposed mica that washes away easily. The Viognier is finicky with low yields (about 2 tons oer acre), yet the limited quantities of wine it produces can be exquisite.

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

Winemaking

Hand-harvested grapes travel to the winery in small boxes. Gentle pressing produces a must that is fermented at low temperatures between 61-64°F in temperature-controlled vats in order to make the most of the complex aromas of the Viognier variety. Each year, a variable part of the crop is fermented (20% max) in new oak casks.

Tasting Notes

The color is a straw yellow, with green tinges. This Condrieu has layers of amazingly powerful and complex aromas: violets, apricots, peaches, honey and dried fruit. On the palate, these exuberant flavors are rich, powerful, and highly seductive, with an unctuous texture and a mass of exotic fruit on the finish.

Technical Information

Varietals: 100% Viognier