Chateau Grillet 2012, Rhone, France (750ml)

Chateau Grillet


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| Grapes:  100% Viognier
| Type: Dry White
| Region: Rhone
| Alc.: 14.0%
| Ratings:  RP95, WA94

| 95 pts, Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette: "The first vintage that the Pinault family had complete control over in one of the smallest (just under eight acres) single monopole vineyards in the world, Château Grillet, in the heart of the Northern Rhône Valley - the south-facing amphitheater essentially enclosed in the nearby bigger appellation of Condrieu. The 2012 Château Grillet was a brilliant wine, showing terrific minerality, citrus and subtle but nuanced tropical fruits as well as great length, precision and focus. (I have been persona non grata at Château Grillet for more than 30 years because of my criticism of the mediocre quality that existed under the previous ownership, but that has all changed in the hands of François Pinault and his administrator Frédéric Engerer)." (February 2016)

94 pts, Wine Advocate: "The first vintage where winemaker Alessandro Noli had full control, the 2012 Chateau Grillet is a brilliant release that has another level of purity and density in its granite-like minerality, buttered peach, honeysuckle and white flower-driven bouquet. Big, rich, medium to full-bodied and mouth-filling, it's also chiseled and delineated, and never puts a foot wrong. Enjoy this blockbuster anytime over the coming 5-7 years, although I see no need to delay either." (Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (222), December 2015)

A remarkably well-balanced wine, dominated by its fat which is nicely offset by the excellent acidity. Château-Grillet is a perfect match for truffled foie gras, roast turbot, grilled lobster, scallops or Bresse chicken in cream sauce. Pairings with Asian cuisine, spicy foods and sweet-and-sour flavours can also provide wonderful experiences.

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