E. Guigal Condrieu 2020
Type: White Wine Volume: 750ml
Winery: E. Guigal
Country: France Region: Northern Rhone
Grapes Varieties: 100% Viognier
Ratings and Tasting Notes:
WS=93 A bright, lively version, with the mix of apricot, peach and white nectarine fruit flavors enlivened by honeysuckle and acacia notes through the juicy finish. Drink now through 2026. JS=92 Lovely nose of ripe peach and melon with honeysuckle and jasmine notes filling in the details of the colorful yet subtle nose. Rich and viscous, yet retaining delightful freshness that encourages you to linger over this classic Condrieu. You feel the weight slightly at the finish. Drink or hold. WA=91 Bottled in June 2021, the 2020 Condrieu was singing when I tasted it. Two-thirds of the volume was aged in tank, while one-third went into new oak, yet there's no overt woodiness here, just pristine floral notes backed by ripe melon flavors. With less opulence and fewer apricot notes than the 2019, it's medium to full-bodied, silky and elegant, with just the merest hint of bitterness evident on the lingering finish.