Chateau-Grillet Blanc

Château-Grillet is both an appellation and a producer in the Rhône Valley. It is one of the first appellations created in France; the wine history of Château-Grillet dates back to the 3rd century, and the notoriety of the estate and its wines can be found throughout the ages (for example, Empress Joséphine de Beauharnais had around 300 bottles of Château-Grillet in her cellar) . Château-Grillet was listed as National Heritage in 1976, and was bought in 2011 by François Pinault , also owner of Château Latour in Bordeaux. The 3.5 hectare vineyard is located south of the famous village of Condrieu and planted with the Viognier grape variety.

Each stage of working the vines is carried out by hand. Each plot is pressed and vinified individually to preserve the characteristics specific to each terrace. The wines are then aged in French oak barrels , approximately 20% of which are new, and the final blend is carefully made from these barrels.

A returning legend, Château-Grillet is an insider’s wine which does not give in easily and which has a lot of finesse, tension and magnificent aromatic complexity. It has a golden yellow color which reveals a vast palette of aromas, combining floral notes, fresh and dried fruits, enhanced with a subtle mineral hint. This particularly sought-after wine is distinguished by its concentration and complexity. Often austere in its youth, it requires aging to fully blossom. It is considered one of the very great white wines of the Rhône valley and is among the most exceptional white wines in the world.

Terroir: steep hillside of granite arenas rising above the Rhône, between 160 and 250 m above sea level. It is made up of a multitude of small terraces, perfectly exposed to the south, sheltered from the north winds.

Vinification and aging: aged for at least two years in oak barrels.

Food/wine pairing: truffled foie gras, roast turbot, Bresse poultry with cream.

Winery: Château Grillet
Appellation: Château-Grillet
Average age of vines: 45 years
Farming Methods: Traditional
Maturation: Aged for at least two years in oak barrels
Soil: Granite
Varietal: 100% Viognier
Vineyard Orientation: 160 and 250 m above sea level
Vineyard Size: 3.5 hectares
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Chateau-Grillet Blanc 2020 98 Vinous 95 Decanter