The wines from Condrieu have had an excellent reputation for many generations. The Popes in Avignon worshipped it, in the XVIth century the "Chapitre Lyonnais" offered it to his esteemed guests. More recently, Curnosky described it as one of the greatest white wines in France. Unfortunately, Phyloxera the first world war, the great depression in the thirties along with the industrialisation of the region were responsible for many to abandon their vineyard. When the appellation of Condrieu was created in 1940, only three communes; Condrieu, Saint Michel and Vérin were included in the production area and totalled 170 hectares. In 1967, this was extended to four neighbouring villages; Chavanay, Saint Pierre de Boeuf, Malleval and Limony bringing it to 387 hectares. With increasing demand from the winegrowers and in view of keeping high quality wines, the area of plantation was reviewed one last time excluding any vines above an altitude of 300 meters. An agreement with the INAO brought the appellation down to 262 hectares. A quarter of the surface was withdrawn in order to only keep the hillside vines with the best exposure, where Viognier reaches its best maturity.
The main stone found in Condrieu is granite. On the surface the soil is covered with decomposed granite and loess. This is soil is perfectly suited to Viognier and the vines benefit from excellent sunshine. The bunches are pressed followed by a long fermentation at low temperatures of 12/15°. 20% is aged in oak barrels to bring fatness to the wine and the rest in stainless steel tanks to preserve aromas of fruit and freshness.
The maison Nicolas Perrin appears in a beautiful golden-yellow colour and very aromatic. First there are scents of exotic and citrus fruits, later flowery notes join. On the palate it is very precise and balanced, with a nice lingering finish.
Expertise | Maison Les Alexandrins by Nicolas Perrin Condrieu 2020
- Residual sugar
- Closure Type
- 0,75 L bottles
- package size
20% of the wine matured in wooden barrels, 80% in steel tanks
Winery | Maison Nicolas Perrin
Maison Nicolas Perrin is a boutique negociant which results from a meeting between the Perrin Family, specialists of the Southern Rhône and Nicolas Jaboulet, a man from the northern rhone. They produce small quantities of wines in most of the northern rhone appellations, sourcing them by the barrel from top vignerons and friends they have known for years. For each appellation, they source from different growers and look for wines that will complement each other. Then the wines mature in the cellars of the Perrin family before bottling them.
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