Condrieu ‘Deponcins’ François Villard 2021
François Villard, St-Michel-sur-Rhône, Condrieu
“The wines have immediate flair and lots of life in them. The winemaking is modern, with new oak a constant feature. Villard has been restraining himself on the cellar techniques in the last two or three vintages, and the wines sit more comfortably in the glass as a result.”
John Livingstone-Learmonth, DrinkRhone.com 2017
François’ empire keeps growing, but he still keeps a tight rein on the operations, whilst being open to sharing his knowledge and passion for his region. The recent winery above St-Michel-sur-Rhône, that seemed so large a few years ago, is now bursting with vats and barrels, but the quality remains. The wines are often seen on the tables of most of the best restaurants around the world.
Condrieu ‘Deponcins’: sourced from 20 year old vines grown on granite soils in Chavanay and Vérin. Southeast orientation. Fermented in barriques with natural yeasts at low temperature. Bâtonnage once per week for 6 months. Maturation for 11 months on lees with no racking. 35% new oak, 65% 3-5-year-old oak
Captivating with its floral notes, refined by its airy and chiselled personality, probably one of the best bottles of the appellation, to be tasted absolutely, Francois Villard regales us again!
Grape: 100% Viognier