Chapoutier Collines Rhodaniennes La Combe Pilate Viognier 2017
Really gorgeous deep yellow colour in the glass. Just as the bottle is opened first scent queries a touch of oxidation but that blows off in less than 5 minutes. Really lovely soft and inviting nose of apricot and peach. On the palate really lovely – full texture, oily, good alcohol structure poking its head up with enough acid for me for this style but you may say could have a zing more – this is just very ripe, rich and indulgent – peaches and cream.
Still dry – good for lunch on a warm day or perhaps thick enough in weight for a hearty chicken dish. Love it, awesome value too. You could get a touch more of a perfect wine but goes from $30’s to $80+. This is good value for the quality. You also wouldn’t get the texture in some of the new world lighter bodied examples – can be made really lean but I find they lack generosity and depth. Day two and it’s in complete balance – not lacking any acid. Perfect weight – super dooper delicious. Every element is awesome – weight, colour, ripe fruit expression. Much prefer this style to any new world lean style. Awesome!
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