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Viognier Les Contours de Deponcins, Domaine François Villard 2018

Domaine François Villard

Domaine François Villard

  • France Rhône
François Villard has firmly established himself as one of Condrieu`s greatest winemakers. His wines are bright, poised and vivacious with a spine-tingling minerality, combined with amazing depth and intensity. François has 7 hectares of vineyard, which include parcels in Condrieu, as well as small pockets of Côte-Rôtie and Saint-Joseph. He firmly believes in the importance of the soil, more so than exposure, although he is very lucky to have both working in his favour. In the winery, no expense is spared in production either, from the painstaking selection in the vineyard to the use of new oak barrels. His wines are the epitome of the Northern Rhône - rich, full-bodied, complex and elegant.

The grapes for his Candiru are grown in the great Deponcins parcel, and his Viognier `Les Contours de Deponcins` is grown a mere stone`s throw away, but just outside of the appellation limit, meaning that it cannot carry the name `Condrieu`, but the fruit is still of the utmost quality, from an exceptional site. The whites are picked late to give them extra body and complexity, but still maintain a thrilling mineral streak and clean acidity. They can also age magnificently over more than five years, adding complex aromas of white peaches, honeysuckle and honey. The reds are just as good as the whites; full-bodied but soft and elegant with fine-grained tannins, lots of red berry and cherry fruit, pepper, spice and hints of oak from those new barrels.