Condrieu 'Terrasses du Palat' François Villard 2017/18
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.
From 25 year old Viognier vines planted on decomposed granite soils. Medium bodied with mineral-laden aromas and butterscotch, crunchy granny smith apple and sweet spice notes on the palate, this wine is rich and mouthfilling with a honeyed finish.
Grape: 100% Viognier