Domaine des Aspes Viognier Cuvée La Mouline 2018
Outstanding example of a sophisticated French Viognier
Region - Southern France
A complex, explosive and fragrant nose. Lovely flavours of apricot, peach and acacia blossom give way to an elegance and freshness balancing perfectly the richness of this grape with fantastic memorable lingering finish. Viognier is the only permitted grape for the highly sort after and very expensive French wine Condrieu in the Rhône Valley. This wine comes pretty close to these majestic white Rhone wines at a fraction of the cost! Like Chardonnay, Viognier has the potential to produce full-bodied wines with a lush, soft character. In contrast to Chardonnay, the Viognier varietal has more natural aromatics that include notes of peach, pears, violets and minerality. However, these aromatic notes can be easily destroyed by too much exposure to oxygen which makes barrel fermentation a winemaking technique that requires a high level of skill. The meticulous winemakers at Chateau Prieure des Mourgues, owners of Domaine des Aspes, are particularly skilled at working with this variety. The potential quality of Viognier is also highly dependent on viticultural practices and climate which is perfect in the southern French vineyards of Domaine des Aspes. This grape variety requires long, warm growing season in order to fully ripen each berry but not a climate that is too hot to where the grape develops high levels of sugars and potential alcohol before its aromatic notes can develop.