2006 Bastide de Garille Cuvée de Fruitée Viognier, Vin de Pays d’Oc

You may not know Viognier (think VEE-OHN-YAY), but dammit, you should. It’s a grape from France’s Rhone Valley but has started to find its way around the world with some success in the last bunch of years – notably in California and Australia.

I’ve had many Viogniers over the years that I’ve loved… most carrying a price tag higher than this one. What this wine represent is a serious bar-goon. For 18 bones, what you get when you buy this wine is a bunch of tasty Viognier purity without the astringent edge you get with some (*cough Chilean *cough) Viogniers in the under-$20 range.

This has a nose that is all lemony peach with a bunch of mineral… the flavours are a juicy bunch of full-bodied peach/apricot fruit dosed with lemon and a flinty mineral edge. Tasty, tasty stuff for the money.

One thing to note – this is not a wine that drinks well when really cold. Like Chardonnay, Viognier is best when it’s on the warm side of chilled. That’s when you really get the gist of the varietal. Oh… and it goes really well with sushi. 🙂

$18 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars here in Vancouver.

4 stars

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