2009 Niero, Condrieu Les Ravines
The only question is when to drink it…young or old? Shimmering yellow gold in colour, this offers a benchmark Condrieu nose, poignant in its intensity and focus.Honeyed old vine fruit dominate the nose with white fleshed peach and apricot notes to the fore, underpinned by a streak of minerality which gives direction throughout. The palate takes up the gauntlet, adding distinctive floral intrigue and rich nutty undertones. This is a super-fresh, authoritative, uplifting Condrieu;impeccably balanced and very fine, remaining poised through to the sustained,layered finish. A stunning wine which owes its breezy vivacity to the conditions of the vintage.