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2011 Chateau de Pennautier Viognier

Tasting Notes:

Eyes: clear, med- lemon, pale rim
Nose: med- intensity, youthful, apricot, mineral, citrus, floral
Mouth: dry, light to med- body, med acid, med length, med+ alcohol, med- intensity, mineral, savoury, bitter citrus rind
All in all: Good quality; drink now.

After having been curious about this bottle of wine for a while, plus a lack of knowledge on the Viognier of the Old World, I decided to give this one a go. There’s something about a classic-looking label with a pretty shade of orange. I’m so easy, hey?

Plus, I bought a bunch of beer for cellaring and decided to go for the sub-20.

The nose seemed very restrained to me. Old World coming through, perhaps, and any stone fruit character was restrained with an equal or greater amount of mineral character. There is a touch of floral on the nose, but the complexity ends there. Cool.

2011 Chateau de Pennautier Viognier

This wine ends up tasting like a stone with a squeeze of citrus, if not bitter citrus rind. Any fruit dissipates with the seemingly round and lively attack, and you’re left with a tongue-coating stony savouriness. There isn’t enough fruit to balance the minerality. Every aspect on the palate seemed rather unpleasant to me at first, but that attack is barely a silver lining. I can see a fan of non-fruit enjoying this, but even I find some pleasure in that area. It’s just not woven together properly.

Producer: Chateau de Pennautier
Designation:
Lorgeril
Region: 
France
Sub-Region:
Pays d’Oc
Variety:
 Viognier
ABV:
 13%
Vintage:
 2011
Tasted:
 March 10, 2013
Price:
 $18

Josh

DipWSET, Certified Sommelier, garbage person.

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