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NYTimes: Condrieu

by TomHill » Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:56 pm

A rather nicely done/interesting article by EricPfanner (who he?) in today's NYTimes on Condrieu, an area that doesn't seem to get much press for its Viogniers:
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He is pretty high on the restraint/balance that most of the 2011 Condrieus. He, of course, bewails the frightening price that one must pay for good, or even pedestrian, Viognier from Condrieu.

Back in the 1960's, Viognier had almost died out in Condrieu. There was little interest in Viognier, save beyond Ch.Grillet. Most people credit GeorgesVernay for the revitalization of the Condrieu AC. I would also credit Calif's interest in Viognier and the ViognierGuild for being an important contributor in the late-'80's/early-'90's for stirring up interest in the variety.
At the RR'13 Seminar, I asked PatrickWill for what he attributed the revival of Condrieu to. He pretty much lay it at the feet of Guigal (he's their importer) and Vernay for its revitalization and pretty much dismissed the interest in Calif w/ Viognier for its revival.
Anyway, quite a good read, it is/it is.
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Re: NYTimes: Condrieu

by Rahsaan » Sun Mar 31, 2013 10:54 pm

TomHill wrote:EricPfanner (who he?)


I know nothing about him but always enjoy his articles. They seem to be placed more in the cultural journalistic mode than in the dining/wine mode, and usually go into nice depth. He seems to be based in Europe, and that firsthand knowledge usually comes through in his pieces.
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Re: NYTimes: Condrieu

by Paul Winalski » Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:03 pm

I adore everything about Condrieu except the price. Vernay makes some excellent Condrieu. His Cote-Rotie isn't too shabby, either.

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