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2017 LES CONTOURS DE DEPONCINS, François Villard. Rhône

Bin:  175

Alcohol percentage:  12.5%


These are vines from the village of Condrieu itself, a tiny appellation, one of the smallest in France, in the northern Rhône. Planted entirely to Viognier, the vineyards produce tiny quantities of perfumed, rich, hedonistic wines – at high prices.

Grape variety:

100% Viognier. Villard ferment and mature their Viognier in oak, but only a small proportion is new. This is from vines in the village but not on the specific slopes authorised for Condrieu itself.


Francois Villard, chef turned winemaker (in 1989), has just 12 hectares of Viognier vines in and around Condrieu.

Old Bridge rating:

From young vines of a top estate in the revered village of Condrieu, next to Côte Rôtie, in the northern Rhône Valley. Peach and apricot; rounded but delicate. It’s classic Viognier at half the price of a Condrieu, but much more than half as good.

Food match:

For many Viognier can only be an aperitif, its perfume overwhelming many dishes. But it’s also brilliant with spiced or cured flavours, especially in ‘nibble’ format.

Press review:

“This might sound a high price for a lowly appellation, but it is better than most Condrieu – and if it had that magic word written on the label you would pay an awful lot more for it.” Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph


£24.70 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£23.40 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles

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