Rene Rostaing Condrieu La Bonnette 2020
From one of Côte-Rôtie's greatest producers comes this textbook Condrieu. It's sourced entirely from the one-acre "La Bonnette" plot at the crest of the hill, where the granitic soils impart a rich intensity to the wine that is buffered by all-important acidity, thanks to the vineyard's elevation. Rostaing's La Bonnette sees no new oak, so the purity of expression of Viognier's hallmark features is front and center. Rich apricot and peach are rounded out by a floral frame of jasmine on the nose. The palate is medium and restrained for a Condrieu with hints of ginger, green plum, and faint salinity. Rostaing's Condrieu is a solid reference point for what the world's best Viognier wines should offer.
Always beautiful, and a wine you don’t hear enough about, Rostaing’s 2020 Condrieu La Bonnette has vibrant notes of ripe peach, flowers, honeyed minerality, and even a kiss of green almond. More medium-bodied on the palate, it has the fresher, pure style of this estate, yet this is no mid-weight Condrieu either, and it has classic Viognier texture and length. It’s beautifully done