2009 Les Vendanges du Domaine Rougié Viognier "02-09-2009" Vin de Pays d'Oc

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Châteaux de Rieux is a 30 hectare vineyard which has been in the De Soos family since 1870. In the past several years, present day owner Emmanuel de Soos has taken the domaine to new heights, producing a range of wines that are showcase beautifully the unique terroir of the Midi. Grapes for the "02-09-2009" (the date of harvest) were harvested at night to ensure freshness. Grapes were then fermented at cool temperatures in both concrete tanks and new 500L barrels. Eight months of elevage and lees stirring ensure a rich wine, without sacrificing the inherent aromatic intensity of the varietal. Open and expressive, with seamless integration of fruit, oak and acidity. Try it with smoked salmon, trout in cream sauce or chicken salad. 13.5% abv.

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 By: Simple Hedonisms Wine Blog |  Review Date: 2/26/2011 
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Viognier lovers rejoice; leave it to the French. Dark yellow straw color. Great nose of stone fruit, peach, but not overtly floral; tangerine, peach in mouth. No
RS but juicy finish, good acidity.love love love. How is this only $15 ?

 By: Jason's Wine Blog |  Review Date: 1/27/2011 
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Amazing dark golden color in the glass followed by a beautiful nose reminiscent of slicing peaches on a slate chopping block (with a bouquet of flowers in the distance). On entry this wine starts crisp and fills the palate but is not overpowering by any means. Instead it becomes ripe and juicy with more of the peach and tropical fruit flavors. These fruit flavors hold through all the way to the finish and linger on nicely. Makes me wonder if they ever make a peach flavored creamsicle? I digress. This is an impeccably made wine with solid acidity to keep it balanced throughout and a touch of oak to add creaminess to the texture. Likely the best Viognier I have had and I certainly need to get me some more of this. De-fricking-licious!

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Varietal:

Viognier

- Relatively challenging to cultivate, this white grape's plantings were long limited to two appellations in the Northern Rhône - Condrieu, the better known of the two, and Château-Grillet - but its recent gains in popularity inspired plantings in the Languedoc-Roussillon, across California, as well as in parts of Australia, Italy, Spain and South America. Intensely aromatic and full-bodied, Viognier is prized for its aromas and flavors of stone fruits, d'Anjou pears and white flowers. In fact, its heady perfume wins it the honor of being a rare white varietal used in one of the world's top reds - Côte-Rôtie - where it is often planted amid the Syrah and co-fermented with that grape. The combination deepens the color of Côte-Rôtie and adds to its already deep and distinctive nose.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Languedoc-Roussillon

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5