2014 Yves Cuilleron "Vertige" Condrieu (Previously $100)

SKU #1277159 93 points Vinous

 (raised in 50% new oak for 18 months): Light, bright yellow. An intensely perfumed, expansive bouquet evokes ripe citrus and pit fruits, violet, candied ginger and fennel, with a bright mineral overtone. Deeply concentrated yet light on its feet, offering palate-staining orange, nectarine and honeysuckle flavors and a subtle, sweetening touch of vanilla. The floral quality carries strongly through an impressively persistent and focused finish. (JR)  (3/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From a much cooler vintage, the 2014 Condrieu Vertige is another seriously good effort that sports terrific notes of flower oil, citrus and hints of apricot jam in a fresh, lively and juicy style. The nose is richer than the palate, and the wine finishes with bright acidity. Drink it over the coming couple of years. (JD)  (12/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 *Cask sample* Rich nose with very strong green-fruit flavours.  (11/2015)

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