2017 Maison Les Alexandrins Condrieu
Winemaker Benoît Busseuil is a native of Burgundy, where he was raised and surrounded by vineyards. Initially, he studied mathematics and physics at the University of Burgundy and worked in Côte de Beaune. Later, he would obtain his degree in viticulture and advance to a Masters Degree in Enology and Viticulture at the University of Montpellier. H was introduced to the terroirs of the Northern Rhone during an internship with
Paul Jaboulet Aîné. In 2014 he became the director of winemaking at Maison & Les Alexandrins. His philosophy is to “respect the terroirs and keep balance” in the wines.
Condrieu lies in the northern Rhone Valley and is the birthplace of the historic Viognier grape. Some believe that Viognier originated in the Dalmatian coast before it was brought to France and cultivated by the Roman Emperor Probus.
This 100% Viognier is a prototypical Condrieu that captivates your senses with aromatic freshness and energy. White peach skins, dried apricot and candied citrus fruits burst from the glass and pull you inside. Immediately you savor the tropical undertones of mango and pineapple, but there also is also a hint of vanilla bean and some minerality that cleanse your palate. The complexity is endless and you immediately realize why consumers have a romantic attachment to this wine.
By W Peter Hoyne