The Viognier grape spread like wildfire during the 1990s, being planted even in Brazil. However its spiritual home is in the Northern Rhône and specifically in the two small appellations of Condrieu and Château Grillet. The latter owes a great deal of its fame to the fact that it is only one of two single Estate appellations in France.
It has been owned by the Neyret-Gachet family since 1840 – today it Isabelle Baratin who runs it aided by cult Burgundian oneologist Max Leglise The south facing vineyard covers a mere 4 hectares and is situated in a natural amphitheatre nearly 500ft above the Rhône. After being vinified the wines are aged in old wooden casks for 18 months.
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