Wine Tasting Video: Torrontes from Argentina meets Viognier from the Rhone & Languedoc


Gimenez Riili Perpetuum Premium Torrontés 2011, Famatina Valley, La Rioja, Argentina (£10.95 Cupari Wines)
I like the gingery spice, the confected lemon jelly cube character is OK, I’m not so keen on the washing up liquid note, C

Mairena Torrontés 2011, Cafayate, Salta, Argentina (£10.95 Cupari Wines)
A weightier, more floral version of the above – better, but still not fine. C+

Laroche Viognier de La Chevalière Pays d’Oc 2011, France (£9.99 Askewine, Trina’s Wines, Cooden Cellars, Kenilworth Wines, Vinology, Vinea, Conwy Fine Wines, Peckhams, The Fine Wine Company, Aitken Wines, The Cave)
Rounded and rich, but still retains some subtlety, with a floral edge to the rich creamy peach kernel, dried apricot and nut flavours. S-

Pierre Gaillard Côtes du Rhône Les Gendrines 2010, France (£19.90 Berry Bros & Rudd)
Not afraid to flaunt its flesh, rich, exotic and confident style, combining opulent apricot, peach and nut kernel flavours with notes of honey, honeysuckle and jasmine. Bit of a bimbo, but a very attractive bimbo. S(+)

Domaine de Monteillet Condrieu Les Grandes Chaillees 2010, Rhône, France (£33.99 Field and Fawcett, Noel Young, The Sampler, Worth Brothers)
A more cerebral take on Viognier, does have the proud peachy nuttiness and spicy floral characters, but they’re underpinned by an earthy, stony minerality. Rich but restrained, profound but never forgetting to be delicious. G

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