2016 Clos de la Bonnette "Legende Bonnetta" Condrieu

SKU #1382588 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Fermented and aged in used barrels, the 2016 Condrieu Legende Bonnetta comes from the older vines on the estate. It shows a pronounced crushed-stone accent on the nose but also floral notes and hints of pineapple and apricot. It's clean, refined and refreshing, fleshy without being fat, and should drink well for a few more years after release. (JC)  (12/2017)

Jeb Dunnuck

 I was able to taste two Condrieu from Clos de la Bonnette, both being solid wines. Coming all from the Côte Bonnette lieu-dit (all granite soils), the 2016 Condrieu Legende Bonneta offers attractive spice, apple blossom and tangerine notes in a medium-bodied, clean, fresh, classic style. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years.  (1/2018)

K&L Notes

Condrieu is a particularly small region in the Northern Rhone that solely produces Viognier--but not just any Viognier. Simply put, these are the best in the world, and Condrieu is the benchmark by which all other Viognier is measured. Domaine Clos de la Bonnette was purchased in 1992 by wife and husband team, Isabelle Guiller and Henri Montabonnet. Henri and Isabelle restored this dormant property, restacking the walls by hand and replanting the vineyards. With no close neighbors, a natural barrier exists which allows them to more easily produce organically, a process by which they have farmed since they began replanting. The quality of the fruit is so high that Marcel Guigal wanted to purchase their grapes and put them under contract. Thankfully, they politely declined. 4 STARS from John Livingstone-Learmonth of DrinkRhone.com: "This has a good, sumptuous bouquet, lots of enjoyable breadth and a full offer of pear fruit with good tang, citrus-orange/mandarin cut. There’s an implicit oiliness, a note of aniseed. The palate is expressive, well filled with soft and pliant richness, a real good ball of it. This has genuine Condrieu character, its flavour centred on white strawberry, apricot, light nuttiness. It ends on a good sliver of saltiness - that invites another sip. There is a little tannic depth on the aftertaste, a note of greengage plum."


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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/18/2019 | Send Email
Condrieu for me it's one of the most fascinating wines of France, if not always a bargain. That's why I was not only surprised, but actually impressed by our Buyer, Mr. Mabry, to have found in this minuscule appellation a producer for our direct import program. The exotic Viognier grape display its array of flavors in this wine. Jasmine flower, apples, quince, honey, and orange flower, but fear not, it is dry, and definitely never heavy or cloying. If you like Indian curry, do yourself a favor and pair it with this wine, for an elegant dinner party.

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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.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13
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