An impressive domaine direct Condrieu done the right way in the vineyard.
Arriving Fall 2013
We’ve had quite a few requests and recommendations from our east coast clients for the wines of Emmanuel Barou and made sure to mark in time for a visit on this year’s trip. The family has been farming organically in the Northern Rhone since the’70s and his wines are very pure expressions of the granite slopes that they originate from. While we’re not typically keen on viognier, we found ourselves routinely going back to this cuvée while tasting at the domaine this morning. From the true home of the varietal from the steep slopes of Condrieu, the queen of white wine appellations south of Burgundy, this is a beautiful example of the appellation without being either excessively heavy, perfumed, or oaky – three things we simply cannot stand in viognier. And without sacrificing any depth of fruit, as this has a beautiful core of orchard notes (pear and apricot), white flowers, and minerals, that are perfectly balanced and almost too delicious. We can imagine a bottle getting put down all too easily – we almost did ourselves with the taste of breakfast still in our mouths today. This is an absolute steal considering the typical price of this appellation and one that is done the right way in the vineyards and in the cellar, you can pay two or three times as much as this and not reach this level of quality (nor this level of commitment in the vineyard). Our first venture direct from the Northern Rhone coming straight from the domaine with perfect provenance.