|Tasting Notes / Comments:||When we rounded off our November tasting with a bottle of Cépées Caties, there were 'oos' and 'aah's all round - and 'my Christmas present problems solved'.....|
Yves Cuilleron (and friends) have managed to produce a wine with wonderful sweet tangerine and apricot flavours without the 'yuckiness' of so many dessert wines. This is a rare treat.
'Enjoying Viognier' (1999 vintage)
A stunning wine with elegance and finesse, great balancing acidity to the sweetness and a long, dryish finish.
Corks of Cotham (1999 vintage)
in search of the ultimate and exceptional, Yves Cuilleron and François Villard brought dessert Condrieu wines back into fashion almost 10 years ago. The wine is produced from grapes with botrytis (noble rot) that have been left on the vines to dry out, thereby increasing their sugar content - Cépées Caties means sugared vines. In the best vintages, of which 1999 is a fine example, the full flavour of Viognier is evident: flowery like a basket of fresh market produce with notes of roast gooseberry complemented by a delicious finish and overtones of barley sugar. This wine is perfect as an aperitif or for that little something at the end of the evening.
wineandco.com (1999 vintage)