GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON VIOGNIER

Viognier is an aromatic grape variety that is mainly grown in moderate climates of sunny regions. Originated in France now widely planted in Australia, United States, Italy, South Africa. A typical Viognier is dry with low to medium acidity, high alcohol and a medium to full body. Its wines have pronounced floral aromas (blossom) and stone-fruit flavours (peach, apricot).

There are two ways of producing Viognier: new oak aging and neutral/no oak aging. New oak aging delivers a richer creamier taste, lower acidity and aromas of cloves and vanilla. Neutral/no oak aging will deliver more floral fruit flavours maintaining acidity.

Viognier has become a very fashionable variety these days. Its aromatic character and body make it suitable for both single-varietal wines or a blending partner for adding floral notes and body.

The finest examples of Viognier can be found in Château-Grillet, in Northern Rhone. The wines of the region usually have perfumed aromas of blossom and apricots, and flavours of stone fruits and vanilla.

Today we are taking a look at Chateau Grillet 2010, one of the most desired Viognier in the world. This rich, full-bodied white wine has a golden appearance, with a complex bouquet of flowers, fresh fruit and nuts, with a mineral peak. The low, elegant acidity extends the wonderful lasting impression on the palate. This wine definitely evolves perfectly with aging.

Food pairing:
– roasted chicken, pork chop
– baked brie, gruyere

Useful tips:
– serve it lightly chilled 10-13˚C

Enjoy!

Amsterdam, September 18th 2019