Domaine Rémi Niéro Condrieu Coeur de Roncharde (750ml)

  • Wine Type

    White Wine

  • Country

    France

  • Size

    750ml

  • Food Pairing

    ChickenLobsterSeafood

  • Grape

    Viognier

  • Sub-Region

    Condrieu

  • Region

    Rhone

It is on terraced hillsides that Domaine Niero harvests top-quality Viognier and Syrah. This landscape is a key element essential to the production of  Condrieu, Côte-Rôtie and Saint-Joseph.

Rémi Niero, has taken over the position as head of the vineyard from his father Robert, who, from Rémi’s early age, passed onto him his entire expertise and devotion for wine growing. Robert Niero had initially acquired a small vineyard from his father-in-law, Jean Pinchon, in 1985. It is here that he planted vines and endured the difficult labor in those “chaillets” to make one of the most magnificent landscapes of our shared patrimony even more exceptional. Despite the arduous work required for this soil, his efforts have continued to be rewarded in the form of authentic and naturally balanced wines.  With a long history developed through generations by Jean, Robert and Rémi, our domaine is now present in the appellations of Condrieu, Côte-Rôtie and Saint-Joseph, which grants us the ability to produce a bounty of celebrated wines issued from the greatest AOPs (Appellation d’Origine Protégée) of the Rhône Valley.

The appellation of Condrieu, located in the Northern Rhône Valley, is considered one of the oldest and greatest in the world, its history was however fraught with difficulties.  It has suffered through world wars and phylloxera which greatly decreased vineyard plantings and almost left the region extinct.  Today there are are about 200 hectares of vines, all planted on the hillsides bordering the Rhône River. Perched on terrasses bolstered by stone walls, the vines grow, descending in rows down steep granite hillsides below Mount Pilat. This extreme terrain means that all vineyard work is carried out by hand in a slow and labourious practice.  Once you taste Condrieu, however, you’ll see how all this work was well worth it. 

Tasting Notes

Stone fruit and white blossoms on the nose.  The palate is dense, almost creamy, with pure fruit and crystalline minerality.  Lovely persistence and length.  This complex and concentrated white wine could pair with a wide range of dishes from pates to rich shellfish, pork chops, mushroom risotto to name but a few.    

Method

Made from a selection of old vine Viognier grapes (about 75 years old) from the heart of La Roncharde vineyard.   This granite hillside site has mostly Southern and South-Eastern exposure. This exposure shelters the vines from cold Northern winds and allows exposure to the warm and dry wind blowing from the South, ultimately protecting the vineyard from potential diseases.  The climate is moderate and continental, dry and hot in the summer, with regular showers during the rest of the year.  This all provides optimal growing conditions for the Viognier grape.  The grapes are hand harvested and pressed in a pneumatic press, fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel and undergo batonnage and malolactic fermentation in barrels.  Ageing for 12 months, 40% in oak barrels, 60% in stainless steel. 

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