Condrieu is a scrumptious French white wine made exclusively from Viognier. Expect silky peaches and apricots with a heady waft of jasmine. With limited hectares in production, prices can be as steep as the granite vineyard slopes themselves. But save a few quid by choosing Viognier from outside the Condrieu appellation while still getting an idea of its mellow luxuriant style. Fish and seafood are classic pairings.
Viognier Ardèche Louis Latour 2019 (13.5%), £15.99, winedirect.co.uk. Sumptuous and peachy with deftly thrilling precision. Top quality for the price.
La Butte d’Or Condrieu Alain Jaume 2020 (14%), £34.99, Majestic. Silky, sublime and as uplifting and refreshing as peach blossom in a springtime breeze.
Le Pied de Samson Dom Georges Vernay 2020 (13.5%), £35, yapp.co.uk. A personal favourite: an apricot framed in lemon peel, this is stunning for a treat.
Condrieu Le Grand Vallon François Villard 2019 (14%), £41.08, Lay & Wheeler. Bold as a nectarine swinging from a sunbeam and irresistibly bright in style.
This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 6th March 2022 – Prices, stockists and vintages correct at time of publication.