Gilbert & Aurelien Chirat 2018 Condrieu 'Clos Poncin'

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This is the top single-vineyard Condrieu of Aurelien Chirat made form vines on the lower slopes adjacent to the famed Chateau Grillet. The wine is is little more restrained and held back than the Les Chays from the same estate with more minerality and darker fruit flavours. The body has he same level of richness but this is a wine that is more destined to age. These Condrieus from Chirat are quite remarkable wines, the purest expression of Viognier and some of the few that will continue to develop over many years.

"Tasted blind. Toast, smoke, candied apricot and a touch of granitic complexity. Retains just enough acidity to refresh the finish and give structure to the full body." Richard Hemming MW,

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Aurélien Chirat is a fourth generation grower whose cellar in St-Michel-sur-Rhône is at the confluence of the Condrieu and Saint-Joseph appellations. His father, Gilbert, finally gave up his polycultural farming activities in 1984 to concentrate on viticulture, selling wine to the likes of Marcel Guigal. Aurélien joined Gilbert in 2008 and took control of the cellar in 2018. He still retains a relationship with Guigal, selling them Condrieu grapes in return for secondhand barrels.

We have initially selected three wines from the range, but I am sure we will be adding more over time. The best intro to the range is the Or Piste Viognier, which is in effect a wine from just outside the boundaries of Condrieu, on the same granite soils. Similarly, the Or Piste Syrah is from just outside St Joseph. There is also a St Joseph itself which is dark and brooding with delicious minerality.

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StyleFull Bodied Whites
Bottle SizeStandard Bottle 75cl
Grape VarietiesViognier
MaturityDrink or Keep
ProducerGilbert & Aurelien Chirat
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