Wine Tasting Video: Whites from Switzerland, southern France & Chile

Provins Valais Collection Chandra Kurt ‘Heida’ 2010, Valais, Switzerland (N/A in UK)
Quite a bit beefier than many Swiss wines, this has musky peach and walnut flesh pepped up by notes of fennel and quince, and a finish that combines waxy, honeyed richness with a cool freshness. S

Paul Mas ‘Valmont’ Grenache Blanc Pays d’Oc 2010, France (£8.49 Majestic)
Another one with a honeyed/beeswaxy richness, plus flavours of peaches, pears and ripe oranges. I like it, but maybe it lacks a little of the exotic headiness found in the best Grenache Blanc. B(+)

Korta Varietal Viognier/Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay 2010, Lontue Valley, Chile (₤8.90 Symposium Wines)
Odd wine, has some fresh elements and a reasonable nutty peach kernel character but there’s also an overripe melon edge with a touch of oxidation, and a slightly stale, disjointed finish. 0

Bordière Nord Marsanne/Viognier Pays d’Oc 2010, France (£6.99 Majestic)
Honest, simple youngster, has tangy citrus freshness but also some richer walnut, honeysuckle and peach/pear notes, one of those wines that grows on you and gets emptied far faster than you expect. B+

Viognier de Pennautier Pays d’Oc 2010, France (£7.25-£8.99 The Wine Reserve, Berry Bros & Rudd)
Excellent value Viognier, has the proper naughty but nice peachy wobble, with some toasty vanilla elements adding further flesh, but there’s also some freshness here too. S-

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