Chateau Grillet 2016
The nose is Riesling. A Condrieu, which of course should not be called Condrieu, because Château Grillet is its own appellation with this one hectare. The nose is somewhere in the German area, if I got that as Helmut Dönnhoff, I would absolutely believe it at least from the nose. So nice and fresh, fine green and yellow aromas, floral, nuts, everything prances, everything is fine. The mouth has significantly more grip than the two years before, almost a little spiciness, nice bitter substance, enormous traction, very slim, totally fermented, unlikely to run straight for a Viognier. The sometimes oily aroma is missing, but he has this enormous expressiveness. Here too we come from quince, litchi and nuts, also a little kiwi, green pear, limestone, salt, even a bit of white peppery hotness, enormous draft and reverberation of minutes. For a wine made from the Viognier grape variety, incredibly slim, always straight forward and expressive. Also in the mouth in a blind tasting probably not stuck to Condrieu. As before, this wine sets its own standards in the Condrieu. There is actually no Condrieu that can keep up with this expressiveness! The wine will easily mature for many, many decades, but will be drinkable after five years, but better after 10, 15 or 20. Super white wine. One of the great white wines in the world. The wine stands in its mouth for itself. That cannot be determined from the Viognier grape variety, it is not a Condrieu, it is somewhere between a Burgundian Chardonnay and a Riesling from nearby. The wine absolutely stands for itself, and it is almost impossible to compare it with any other Condrieu, because it is simply not comparable and does not drink like a classic Condrieu in any blind test. Château Grillet and nothing else. A class of its own.