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Condrieu AOC (France)

Condrieu is a French AOC from the Northern Rhône Valley.

This appellation produces only white wines made of Viognier grapes.

Typical Flavors


Mango
Mango
Apricot
Apricot
Peach
Peach
Pear
Pear

Violets
Violets
Honeysuckle
Honeysuckle
Gingerbread
Gingerbread
Hazelnuts
Hazelnuts

Yellow fruits such Mango, Apricot, Pear and Peach are typical Condrieu flavors.

Perfume notes of Spring Flowers, Musk, Spices and Nuts.

Profile

Condrieu is aromatic, fat, fruity, and floral:

SUGARDry
BODYMedium to Full
FRUITMedium Plus
ACIDITYMedium - Low
Serving temperature:
10-12°C (50-54°F)

Food Pairing


Rich Seafood
Seafood
Lobster
Lobster
Quiche
Quiche
Fish Soup
Creamy
Fish Soup

Risotto
Creamy Risotto
Smocked Salmon
Smocked Salmon
Chili
Asian Curries
Pesto
Pesto
Chicken
Chicken
Pork
Pork
Veal
Veal
Cheese
Cheese

Condrieu loves creamy dishes.

The aromatic and fruity nature pairs well with spicy Asian Curries.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Creamy Seafood. Lobster. Crab. Fish.
Creamy Chicken or Turkey. Coronation Chicken.
Creamy Curries. Kormas.
Creamy Tai Cuisine. Pad Thai.
Tagines with Apricot. Ginger. Saffron. Coconut.
Sweet Potatoes. Butternut Squash. Sweet Root Vegetables.

Cheese:
Mild Cheddar. Chaumes. Double Glouchester
Gouda. Manchego. Monterey Jack.
Brie. Camambert.

Local Specialities:
Rigotte de Condrieu (Goat Cheese).
Picodon de la Drôme (Goat Cheese).

If You Like Viognier

You May Also Like:

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Chardonnay (France)
Garnacha Blanca (Spain)
Grenache Blanche (France)
Marsanne (France)
Pinot Blanc (France)
Rioja White Oaked (Spain)
Rosazzo (Italy)
Roussanne (France)
Sémillon (France)
Trajadura (Portugal)
Treixadura (Spain)
Viognier (France)

The Ideal Glass

The Montrachet glass is perfect for full-bodied white wines such as:

The wide bowl steers the wine to the sensitive parts of the tongue, ensuring that the acidity creates a harmonious balance with the sweet aromas of aged wines.

The wide bowl allows the full bouquet of aromas to develop, and minimise the risk for it to be over-concentrated.

About Condrieu

The craddle of Viognier grapes is the village of Condrieu.

The steep slopes and terraces of Condrieu AOC are located on the right bank of the Rhône river.

The AOC in northern Côtes-du-Rhône has a cool climate with cold, wet winters and hot summers.

The vinyards are planted facing south. The orientation and the rocky soils help to store heat.

Viognier grape variety loves gneiss terroirs and the steep granitic slopes contained by terraces and walls.

Condrieu is characterized by perfume, body and silky mouth feel.

About AOC

The appellation is small, only 200 ha of vineyards and includes 7 communes in the Rhône, Loire and Ardèche départements.

They are Condrieu, St Michel sur Rhône, Vérin, Chavanay, Saint Pierre de Boeuf, Malleval and Limony.

Why is Condrieu AOC expansive?

Côtes du Rhône

Côtes du Rhône is an AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) wine region in the Rhône Valley of France. There are two main regions:

France

Côtes du Rhône North

In the North, the main grape is Syrah.

The grapes grow on very steep slopes, and are manually picked in hillside trolleys, wich adds to the price.

Côtes du Rhône South

In the South, the main grape is Grenache.

The area is famous for its GSM wines: A blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre.

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