Chapoutier has crafted a beautiful Condrieu. It may have high levels of new wood flavors, but of greater importance is the ripe Viognier, with powerful spice flavors and concentration. There is a sense of elegance as well as power which gives the wine a fine presence.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.