ABC: Anything But Chardonnay
Viognier is the perfect alternative to Chardonnay. I like Chardonnay but every so often you need something different. Viognier fits the bill and here’s what I think is a very good one and good value from Waitrose for just GBP11.95. It’s the 2006 Verite from Laurent Miquel. <link>.
I find the wine to be full flavoured, apricots and floral, mouth-filling and long lasting in the mouth. Jaime Goode of the Sunday Express agrees:
Backstory on Condrieu, the wine most associated with the Viognier grape, courtesy of Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. The World Atlas of Wine.
“Condrieu is a wine AOC in the northern Rhône wine region of France and the south of the Côte-Rôtie AOC. The wines are exclusively white, made from the Viognier grape, which originated in the region. They are best drunk within a few years, before their noticeable, floral aroma fades. They are very expensive, as only small quantities are produced, though the amount has increased in recent years.”
As I am no Master of Wine I have to admit that I discovered the wine standing in Argos this morning. I was in the queue, a cooking programme of some sort was on the many flatscreen tvs and the two hairy cooks from up North had this wine with a dish that they had cooked. The sound was off but there was lots of nodding and smiling so I assumed it was good. The review mentioned that it was available from Waitrose <link>, so being a Viognier fan and just a few hundred metres from Waitrose on Finchley Road, (nice new shop) I walked the bike down the road and collected a bottle to sample. I’ll be going back for more.