2015 Domaine Jamet Condrieu "Vernillon"

SKU #1349594 93 points Vinous

 (sourced from a site in the Côte Chatillon) Light green-tinged yellow. High-pitched, mineral-accented orange zest, melon and violet aromas show impressive clarity and vivacity. Silky and sharply focused on entry, then more fleshy in the midpalate, offering vivid citrus fruit and honeydew flavors complemented by a subtle chamomile quality. Finishes with emphatic mineral cut and solid thrust, eventually leaving a suave floral note behind. (JR)  (7/2017)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Condrieu Vernillon is a bigger, richer wine that gives up lots of tropical, exotic fruits, flowers, and honeyed tangerine in its full-bodied, rich, yet balanced profile. Readers looking for classic, old-school, age-worthy Cote Rotie should look no further than the wines from Jean-Paul and Corinne Jamet. While 2015 is an incredible vintage for this estate, the 2016s are also some of the more impressive in the appellation.  (1/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The first vintage for this cuvée, the 200-case 2015 Condrieu Vernillon is a beauty! Brought up in a mix of barrels and tank, it’s a rich, textured white that offers lots of textbook citrus blossom, hints of apricots, flowers and subtle minerality. It’s already drinking great, but will keep for 3-4 years. Jean-Paul and Corinne Jamet continue to fashion a staunchly traditional Côte Rôtie that’s not destemmed and is aged in a tiny amount of new oak. They also make an impressive Côtes du Rhône (red and white) and a new cuvée, their Condrieu Vernillon. Regarding the 2015 vintage, this was compared to 1999 by Jean Paul, which is a vintage he disliked early on and found too over the top. He commented that it came around with cellaring. I have to agree with him, as I love his 1999. (JD)  (12/2016)

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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

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Specific Appellation:

Cote Rotie