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Class 4: Major Regional Varieties

aromatic whites




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.



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.



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

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