François Villard Viognier Les Contours de DePoncins 2016

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Wine Spectator, 90 Points- "This sports extra ripeness for the vintage, with layers of quince, mango, green plum and pear held together by bright fennel, orange blossom and mineral notes that extend through the finish. Long and enticing.”

Varietals- 100% Viognier in the village of Saint-Michel sur
Soil: Broken down Granite with mica and sand. Density at 9500 vines/ha Winemaking in barrels (40% new) with 6 months batonnage once a week. No racking.
Tasting Notes: Loaded with a huge core of creamed peach, yellow apple and Cavaillon melon fruit backed by notes of creme fraiche, heather, quartz and honeysuckle. Serious depth and definition stretches out the finish.

From the Distributor- This is from the declassified young vines of the hillsides of Chavannay in Condrieu. Villard, one of the stars of the appellation, has fashioned a Viognier with loads of stuffing, minerality, and tropical fruit intermixed with floral notes. Very friendly, with peach, anise and melon flavors kept lively by a tangy note of green almond. A mineral hint adds length. Excellent pairing with spicy dishes and goat cheese.