Just outside of Vienne, one finds the appellation of Condrieu. Condrieu is tiny, with a total production of only a few thousand cases per year. Condrieu is made from 100% Viognier and the wine has an ethereal bouquet of perfume and ripe tropical yellow and orange fruits. There is a gout de terroir that echoes the granite rich soil upon which the vines grow. Its texture is grippy for white wine, in fact almost beeswaxy. As an explosively rich and fragrant wine, Condrieu is in a league of its own!
|This tiny estate, located in the village of Ampuis, consists of 15 acres (6 acres are within the Cote Rotie appellation). Prior to 1980, Michel, the father, sold off both his fruit and the wines he produced to the large negociant Marcel Guigal. Michel began to bottle his wines under his own label, and Bobby’s first vintage working with Domaine Ogier was 1988. Today, more than 20 years later, Stephane Ogier, his son, is in charge of the property. His youthful energy and passion for the vineyards and winemaking have resulted in the estate’s rise to superstar status over the past ten years.