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Class 4: Major Regional Varieties


aromatic whites

 

 
Viognier

 
ORIGINS OF VIOGNIER

Although some Viognier is planted elsewhere in France, this rare white grape reaches its zenith in the steep vineyards of the Northern Rhone Valley in two appellations, Condrieu and the tiny Chateau Grillet.

It is difficult to grow and ripen, and each vine bears only a small amount of fruit.

 

 
THE WINE

This especially aromatic wine has a characteristic peachy, floral perfume, followed by rich peach, floral, spice and pear flavors and a long, spicy aftertaste.

It is golden in color with moderate acidity, medium to full-bodied, and is sometimes aged in oak barrels.

Most Viogniers are best drunk young, within a few years of release.

 

 
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Viognier grows in a number of other French regions, most notably in the Southern Rhone Valley and...

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