Condrieu appellation is included 1.30 square kilometers of vines, geographically distributed around the city of Condrieu but affecting 3 departments (Rhône, Loire and Ardèche). This wine area is located in the northern Rhône, France. This AOC from northern Côtes-du-Rhône has the particularity to produce only white wines, very appreciated by the nobility in the 15th century. The climate of Condrieu is continental and specified by cold wet winters and hot summers. This ideal climate is suitable for planting the vineyards on granite soils with facing to south, which aids growth during the cool months of late spring and early autumn.
The vineyards, which include the AOC Château-Grillet vineyards as well, cultivate its identity by being the only one to have chosen a grape variety entirely composed of Viognier. This grape variety is ideally suited to gneiss terroirs located on very steep granitic slopes, which winemakers have tamed by the construction of terraces and walls retaining the earth. Harvested in often late harvests, it takes full advantage of the Mediterranean heat and sunshine that forged the famous reds of AOC neighboring Côte-Rôtie and Saint-Joseph.
Mainly vinified in dry and half-dry, the Condrieu is an original wine that has a fabulous aromatic diversity, and a colorful dress that adorns itself with aging. Supple, fresh and of a good length in the mouth, it offers exquisite perfumes of flowers (violet) and fruits (apricots, peaches). This appellation has the aesthetic peculiarity of being bottled in the famous “Condrieu flute” in yellow glass. The mellowness that can be produced in great vintages is remarkable, and on track for a specific AOC.
A part of important features of Condrieu appellation for dry white wines are as follows:
- Soil: Rock and clay, granite .
- Taste: Well balanced.
- Wine color: Dry white.
- Aromas: Flowers and fruits.
- Aging potential: 1 – 3 years.
- Serving temperature: 10 to 12° C