Thursday, January 27, 2005

2 Viognier: France

HUGH RYMAN RICHEMONT VIOGNIER 2001, Midi, France, 13.0%, #944819 $12.95

LCBO writes: "Medium yellow gold with aromas of golden rod, peach, lilac and other floral tones. Dry, soft, ripe, good mouthfeel with a nice oily texture to the finish." Vintages release January 24, 2004. George Stimmell rated this 90 in his column January 14, 2004. My notes: Very similar to the next one - perhaps not as full - and hasn't changed much in a year. Lighter floral nose but a full mouthfeel and smooth oily finish. Telapia, cod, halibut, roasted shrimp or scallops in a creamy pasta. For a different white this should be tried next time it's available.

DOMAINE PERRIERE VIOGNIER 2000 VIN DE PAYS D'OC, Midi, France, 12.5%, $10.08

Opimian wrote: "What can one add to the fact that this wine was declared to be the 'Best Wine of the Year' in the British Market (June 2001). One could say it has an excitingly fresh aroma, it shows masses of fruit, a well balance of acidity and a long clean fruity character.... etc. " My notes: Tasted in December 2001 I thought it showed full-bodied rootiness - an 80. Tasted this week it shows a golden straw colour with a full floral bouquet. It fills the mouth with well integrated fresh fruit: pineapple, lemon, orange peel and honey - no more roots. If I were counting likely a 90. Same food match as above - or just sip. Originally from Opimian.

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