Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Review: *** $$ Labeye Viognier, Minervois, Languedoc, Pay D'Oc, France, 2010

By way of background, opening thoughts: Viognier is not an extremely common varietal.  The white grape is used to make aromatic wines, often blended with other whites, and has not yet built one single region that is classically associated with its development.  I do not have the opportunity to review many of them, but thanks to Barclay's Wine, the importer and online collection retailer, which provided this review sample, I have had the opportunity to review two from two dramatically different regions, South Africa and France.  Here is the French version of viognier.

Original tasting and review : This is Labeye Viognier, Minervois, Languedoc, Pay D'Oc, France, 2010, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass:  Labeye Viognier is very light gold in the glass, quite transparent. 

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, shows a tanginess and some sugar in the nose.  From the aroma, seems like this will be sweet and bright.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact clean,sweet, fruity and balanced on the mid-palate.  The finish is brief but clean, showing sweet and acidic elements.

In summary: Overall, classic and traditional style rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Sweet citrus on the nose now.  The palate is smoother and richer now, displaying restrained but full fruits and solid minerality. 

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