Louis Cheze, Pagus Luminis, AOC Condrieu, Northen Rhone, France, 2011
This wine: varietal viognier, fermented then aged in oak for 9 months, unfiltered, 13.5% abv, Weavers Wines, £38 (12/15)
Consumer tasting note: an understated nose of peach and apricot, lightly dusted with toast and oak, with a little honey and touches of pineapple and citrus; full-bodied, quite velvety with a little grip from time in oak, with pineapple, apricot and a touch of ripe citrus. Follows into a medium-long length. No need to decant, develops in the glass over 20 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of stone fruit tinged with oak – yellow peach and apricot, honey, just a hint of warm toast, dried pineapple, whiffs of tinned pineapple chunks, a warm lemon-citrus lift in the background, touch of anise afer some time.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium (+) alcohol, full body, a velvety texture with a noticeable grip, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of yellow peach edged with oak, pineapple, warm apricot, touch of citrus. A medium (+) length with a clean lightly grippy stone fruit finish.
Quality: very good, a fine balance of acidity with alcohol, decent intensity on the nose, a little less in mid-palate, modest concentration, perhaps a touch dilute, still, showing decent complexity from time in wood, which is nicely integrated with enough showing to add another dimension, and in bottle, with secondary toast and oak, and tertiary honeyed and dried fruit notes, leading into a medium (+) length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – balance is fine, but flavours seem a little dilute with a just better than medium length, probably just past its best.