This Week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous

Welcome to this week's Vinous Top Ten! Each week we compile a list of top ten wines from the Vinous database that you need to add to your wine wish list. With all the various regions, producers, and grapes, no week will be the same! All of the wines listed in this feature are available for purchase on Banquet . This week's must-try wines are from Josh Raynolds’ article Exploring Northern Rhône Whites . Enjoy an excerpt from his article and his notes for this week's top ten below! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ “The hot growing conditions that defined the 2017, 2018 and 2019 vintages in the Northern Rhône show in the white wines, but the best examples also offer a good bit of energy to counterbalance their richness and ripeness. Simply put, the whites here have never been better, while the top bottlings are easily some of the world’s finest wines.” --Josh Raynolds, Exploring Northern Rhône Whites, May 2019 1. Domaine A. Clape 2018 Saint-Péray 2. Domaine Alain Graillot 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc 3. Domaine André Perret 2017 Condrieu Chéry 4. Domaine Bernard Faurie 2017 Hermitage Blanc 5. Domaine Christophe Semaska 2017 Condrieu Lys d'Or 6. Domaine François Villard 2018 Saint-Péray Version 7. Domaine Pierre Gonon 2017 Saint-Joseph Blanc Les Oliviers 8. Domaine Rostaing 2017 Condrieu La Bonnette 9. Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2017 Hermitage Blanc Chevalier de Sterimberg 10. Yves Cuilleron 2017 Condrieu La Petite Côte

Domaine Auguste Clape

St. Péray Blanc Marsanne 2018

Delectable Wine
9.3

Pale, glistening gold. Vibrant, mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruits on the nose, along with hints of white flowers, nectarine and fennel that build with air. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering palate-staining pear, tangerine and honeysuckle flavors supported by a spine of smoky minerality. Finishes sappy, minerally and impressively long, showing fine definition and lingering florality. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, May 2020)
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François Villard

Version Saint Péray Marsanne 2018

Delectable Wine
9.3

Pale, shimmering yellow. Fresh pear, honeydew, tangerine and pungent flowers on the mineral-inflected nose. Offers lively, sharply focused orchard and citrus fruit flavors that are complemented by emerging ginger and white pepper notes adding back-end lift and cut. Silky and impressively lithe, delivering solid mineral thrust and repeating florality on the long, incisive finish. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, May 2020)
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Paul Jaboulet Aîné

Le Chevalier de Sterimberg Blanc Hermitage Marsanne Roussanne 2017

Delectable Wine
9.3

Limpid yellow-gold. Mineral-accented aromas of dried pear, lemon pith, succulent herbs and honey are given spicy lift by a gingery nuance. Chewy and sharply focused on the palate, offering densely packed orchard and pit fruit flavors and hints of chamomile and anise. The mineral note comes back strong on an impressively long, penetrating finish that shows fine definition and solid thrust. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, May 2020)
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Alain Graillot

Crozes-Hermitage Blanc Marsanne-Roussanne Blend 2018

Delectable Wine
9.2

Pale straw-gold. Fresh orange, yellow plum and melon aromas are sharpened by suggestions of dusty minerals and white pepper. Fleshy and broad on entry, then more taut in the mid-palate, offering energetic orchard and pit fruit flavors and an emerging suggestion of fennel. Nicely concentrated but energetic as well, finishing with solid, mineral punch and strong, floral-driven persistence. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, May 2020)
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Christophe Semaska

Lys d'Or Condrieu Viognier 2017

Delectable Wine
9.2

Shimmering yellow. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe orchard and pit fruits, honey and pungent flowers, and a hint of fennel emerges as the wine opens up. Coats the palate with rich yet lively nectarine, pear and tangerine flavors that slowly tighten up and turn spicier through the midpalate. Finishes very long and floral, leaving juicy pear nectar and honeysuckle notes behind. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, May 2020)
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Rene Rostaing

La Bonnette Condrieu Viognier 2017

Delectable Wine
9.3

Pale straw-yellow. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes mineral-accented pear, tangerine and violet scents, along with a spicy touch of ginger. Offers energetic, sharply focused citrus and orchard fruit flavors that stain the palate while showing zero excess fat. Impressively concentrated yet lithe and precise, with a long, focused finish that features repeating floral and mineral notes. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, May 2020)
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André Perret

Chery Condrieu Viognier 2017

Delectable Wine
9.4

Pale gold. Powerful orange, melon and peach nectar aromas show impressive clarity and take on a sexy floral nuance as the wine opens up. Silky and densely packed, offering vivid citrus and pit fruit and candied ginger flavors complemented by a subtle anise quality. Finishes with strong mineral cut and powerful thrust, leaving pit fruit and lemon curd notes behind. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, May 2020)
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Bernard Faurie

Hermitage Blanc 2017

Delectable Wine
9.4

Limpid straw. Ripe citrus and orchard fruit aromas show excellent clarity and pick up smoky mineral and honey nuances as the wine opens up. Broad and fleshy on entry, offering juicy nectarine, pear, Meyer lemon and honey flavors that firm up slowly on the back half. Finishes impressively long and silky, with building minerality and a strong snap of ginger that lends spicy bite. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, May 2020)
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Pierre Gonon

"Les Oliviers" Saint-Joseph Marsanne-Roussanne Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.4

Light, bright yellow. Meyer lemon, pear nectar and jasmine scents show fine definition and pick up suggestions of tarragon and beeswax with air. Lively and precise on the palate, offering pliant citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a deeper suggestion of nectarine that builds on the back half. Shows very good clarity and mineral cut on the strikingly long finish, which leaves a sexy floral note behind. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, May 2020)
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Yves Cuilleron

La Petite Côte Condrieu Viognier 2017

Delectable Wine
9.3

Bright, green-tinged yellow. Penetrating aromas of fresh citrus and pit fruits are complicated by suggestions of chalky minerals and pungent flowers. Juicy and sharply focused, offering vibrant pear, Meyer lemon and honeysuckle flavors that show very good clarity and minerally lift. The mineral and floral notes carry through the incisive finish, which lingers with strong tenacity. Raised in neutral barriques. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, May 2020)
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