"Luminescence"

Soil type

Granitic sand, steep terraced hillside

Grape variety

100% Viognier.

Average age of vines

About 25 years.

Winemaking

Vinified in new oak casks at a low temperature. Fermentation stopped naturally at 14%vol with 55 g/l residual sugar.

Ageing

Aged during 12 months in new oak barrels.

Average yield

15 Hl/hectare.

Average annual production

2300 half-bottles.

Tasting

Eye : Golden yellow, consistant and brilliant.
Nose : The nose exhibits pears and white peaches aromas.
Palate : Very round and full on the palate
Overall : The opulent texture offers everything one would expect from a great Condrieu, with an elegant and refreshing finish.

Our comment

The harvest took place on September 11, 2016 when the potentiel degree of alcohol was estimated at over 17.5%vol, resulting in an early harvest with residual sugars. It is important to emphasise that the extraordinary character of this vintage in Condrieu is the result of these exceptional harvesting conditions.

Vintages 2015

The Wine Advocate - Dec. 2016

Score : 97

We finished the tasting with a dessert wine that’s only been made previously in 1999 and 2003. There are only four barrels (all new) of the 2015 Condrieu Luminescence (100% Viognier), a massive, decadent and unctuously-textured elixir that offers a singular bouquet of honey, crème caramel, mulled pear and apricots. Tasting like the pure syrup of Condrieu, it’s a perfect wine to drink with a cheese course or fruit tart over the coming 3-4 years. Jeb Dunnuck.

Consumption

A boire

Serving temperature

10°C to 12°C

Ageing potential

Between 3 and 5 years.

Food and wine matching

Drink as an aperitif or with a fresh fruit dessert.
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