Viognier, 2017. La Colline Sacree

Viognier, 2017. La Colline Sacree

Item #: C0719W2IF
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Viognier
Vineyard/Appellation: A.O.C. Pays d'Oc, France
Color: Deep Golden
Nose: Peach, Apricot, Spice
Palate: Full-throttle Stone Fruit
Finish: Very Long Spice, Apricot
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Light Meats, Fowl/13.0% Alcohol by Volume

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Less than 40 years ago, Viognier was almost extinct. Its much heralded birthplace is in the Northern Rhone, in the tiny appellations of Condrieu. The grape's intense aromatics and penetrating flavors made it popular with everyone - everyone except the winemakers. The Viognier grape was unruly and difficult, as it attracted mold too easily in the vineyard and could turn brown after fermenting in the winery.

So, wineries were uprooting it and planting the favored red of the area, Syrah. A few vineyards, however, thought that the demise of Viognier had to be abated. The only way to do that was to treat it much more carefully than they had in the past, to assure that all its qualities were shown. That took time and energy that few wanted to expend. But a few did.

A small group of wineries like La Colline Sacree were up to the task. They banded together to experiment with different methods to bring back this most highly prized grape. It took years, but they succeeded.

As a result, the wine became so popular that it was grown outside the Rhone. First, Viognier was planted in the Languedoc, where La Colline Sacree is, and eventually in California and even in Spain and South America.

Our selection is the result of those who set out to save Viognier. Our selection is the grape at its finest, with delicate floral, peach and nectarine flavors and aromas, along with spiced apple and apricot. From the brilliant golden hue to the powerful aromas, this beauty pleases at every level.