French White Rhone Wine, Domaine François Merlin 2012 Condrieu Terroirs
  • French White Rhone Wine, Domaine François Merlin 2012 Condrieu Terroirs
  • French White Rhone Wine, Domaine François Merlin 2012 Condrieu Terroirs

Domaine François Merlin
2012 Condrieu Terroirs

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This classic Condrieu, assembled from several Viognier vines, bears the trademark of François Merlin’s taste: not too cloying and sweet, with vivacity and minerality.

  • The nose on this wine is very intense. I want to wear this as perfume! It smells rich, seductive and a tiny bit sweet (lots of ripe apricot) but the mouthfeel is anything but. Very rich and dense, with a dry finish. If you want to impress your friends during the next wine-and-cheese party, bring this bottle with a good camembert.

    Food pairing: Stinky French cheese, camembert

  • A pretty, medium gold color. A glassful of exuberance—the nose overflowing with butterscotch, peaches, white flowers, and apricots. Intense and buttery on the palate, yet restrained at the same time. Rich but dry. Opulent but understated. A little earthy as well. Not as expansive on the palate as on the nose, but still seductive. Enjoy now.

    Food pairing: Apéritif; light herb-scented dishes, including pastas with fresh peas, beans or other legumes; rich fish or shellfish dishes, including scallops and lobster dishes; roasted root vegetables; Condrieu often pairs surprisingly well with mild curry dishes

The Creator of This Wine

Domaine François Merlin

Domaine François Merlin

Heir not to a winemaker but to a chemical engineer, François Merlin studied agriculture and learned the work of the vines in the vineyards of René Rostaing. He planted his first vineyard -- in Condrieu -- in 1987, started making his own wines in 1999, and quickly became one of the “top names” in Condrieu (according to Rhône expert Livingstone-Learmonth). His son Laurent joined him in 2013.

Details
Producer:Domaine François Merlin
Region:Rhone
Year:2012
Maturity:2015-2020
Alcohol:13.7%
Bottle size:750ml
Color:White
Varietal:Viognier
Flavors:Musk, Apricot, Almond
Body:Light-Medium
Soul:Intense