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: NYTimes:Condrieu
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.