I didn’t take notes on all the wines I drank over Christmas and a couple were picked out from favourites I have discovered in my recent series of wine review (both of which provided the expected satisfaction) but I do have a couple of further reviews lined up. Here is the first:
Viognier Collection 2006 Gérard Bertrand, Vin de Pays d’Oc
3 January 2008 by Wulf Forrester-Barker
A pale wine with a similar brassy colour to the pinot grigio I was so struck by last month, I found this viognier to have a subtle scent that reminded me of honeysuckled hedgerows.
That was pleasant enough but the taste was not merely pleasant but inspiring; a rich blend of hazelnut and peach but with a sharp enough edge to hold its own against strongly flavoured foods. I am not quite ready to concede the title of “favourite white” over my beloved albariño but viognier is a strong contender, especially for contexts where albariño’s bite against salty seafood is not needed or where guests might want something a little gentler on the palette.
I definitely intend to try more wines built on this grape.
Pale yellow in colour, with intense aromas of white flowers. The palate is rich and lush with tropical fruits, dried apricots, hazelnuts and honey.
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