2011 M. Chapoutier "Coteaux du Chery" Condrieu (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1120691 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From a new parcel Chapoutier recently purchased, the 2011 Condrieu Coteaux du Chery reveals just how fabulous this terroir can be. My point of reference for Chery is undeniably Andre Perret’s single vineyard bottling from this site, but Chapoutier’s Condrieu is remarkable as well. Honeysuckle, peach and apricot marmalade notes interwoven with hints of rose petal and stone emerge from this full-bodied, unctuously textured, gorgeous white wine with a perfume that could fill a small room. Drink it over the next several years. The other cuvees, especially the Hermitages, will evolve for 30-50 years.  (12/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light, bright gold. A highly aromatic bouquet evokes pear, peach nectar, melon and white flowers. Round and supple in texture, offering densely packed honeydew and pit fruit flavors that expand and brighten with air. Finishes smooth and sappy, with lingering peach and mineral notes.  (4/2013)

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