I first enjoyed this Condrieu ‘La Petite Côte’ from Yves Cuilleron earlier in the year at which time it was gloriously vibrant, lithe and very enjoyable. This time round it showed notably different; it seemed dull and heavy by comparison.
Quite oaky, with forest floor, white peach, anise, and grapefruit. A pleasing palate, but my experience can’t help but be tainted by its poor performance this time round.
Condrieu of course unusually benefits from being drunk young - could the six months or so since I last enjoyed it have seen it go over the hill? Or simply bottle variation, perhaps?
A shame, but such is wine: unpredictable! I have one bottle left which I’ll hang on to. — 21 days ago
Vintage 1997 | Chenin Blanc, Dutch bottling. Mesmerizing wine. I put my nose in the glass, if I walk into a rose garden with lots of bee hives with honey. And a row of apricot trees. Ultimate balanced. Só happy to have this Chidaine in the cellar. | Paired with home baked Applebread, a slow food recipe from Alto Adige, a great combination. — a month ago
High acidity, yellow apple. — 6 days ago
Nice plumb, mild tannins after some time openning up. Dry aftertaste. Plenty of time left to be cellared. — a month ago
Hmmm. This one is so interesting. Maybe it’s the California in me. All full of expectation of fruit and instant gratification. So had to focus on La Barbarine. Savoury, smoked meats and dark fruit. Medium bodied, pepper and wood sap in the palate. Amazing compact dark florals and bitters in a compact finish. Very well made. I am not adult enough for this wine. — 5 days ago