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Remi Niero Condrieu Heritage 2016

ID No: 445565
Country:France
Regions:Rhone
Condrieu
Winery:Remi Niero
Grape Type:Viognier
Vintage:2016
Bottle Size:750 ml
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Remi Niero Condrieu Heritage is made from 100% Viognier

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Review:

"Grilled peach, roasted pineapple, spice, and toasted bread notes all emerge from the 2020 Condrieu Heritage, a brilliantly balanced, medium to full-bodied Condrieu that does everything right. With both richness and freshness, it blossoms with time in the glass and offers terrific purity as well as a touch more minerality. It's terrific."

- Jeb Dunnuck (February 2022), 94 pts

 94 Points
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2016:

After four years of drought, a winter with average rainfall was welcome, as it provided ample soil moisture for a strong start to the 2016 growing season. Average late-spring temperatures and limited precipitation minimized the risk of frost during mid-May bloom, ensuring average yields. June closed with a heat spell, slowing vine canopy growth at the ideal time. Harvest of the blocks contributing to the 2016 Inglenook Rubicon blend occurred under optimum conditions from September 6th through September 27th.

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Review:

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Domaine Charles Pere & Fille Volnay 1er Cru Fremiets 2016

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Winemaking:Fully destemmed, then vatted for about 15 days and aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. Grapes are picked by hand and transported in small crates in order to prevent berries from being crushed. With the same concern for quality, bunches and grapes are sorted again as soon as they reach the cellar.

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Product Description

Remi Niero Condrieu Heritage is made from 100% Viognier

The wine is a pure expression ot the terroir. A deep and brillant golden color, the wine is charming and well-balanced offering an enticing nose of fresh white fruits and flowers. Smooth and rich on the palate with great concentration and complex flavors supported by a hint of minerality that brings freshness and finesse to the wine. A long and elegant finish.

Vines are 30 years old on average.
Pneumatic pressing.
Alcoholic fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.
50% of the wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months and the other 50% is aged in stainless steel tanks.
Batonnage (stirring of the lees)
Malolactic fermentation

The wine pairs well with salmon carpaccio, scallops, foie gras, pork loin with curry sauce, delicate Asian food, goat cheese.

Review:

"A selection of the best individual barrels/cuves, the 2016 Condrieu Heritage is drawn from the estate's oldest vines (around 70 years old), aged in stainless steel (60%) and barrel (40%). It's textbook floral, apricot aromas lead into a medium to full-bodied wine that manages to be rich and viscous without being cloying, as citrus zest and brine emerge on the long finish. - Joe Czerwinski"
- The Wine Advocate (Issue #234, December 2017), 93-95 pts

"Coming from a who’s who of vineyards (Roncharde, Côte Chatillon, La Caille, Vergelas, Corbéry and Chéry) and brought up in a mix of stainless steel and French oak, the 2016 Condrieu Héritage boasts an exotic, perfumed bouquet of wildflowers, honeysuckle, liquid rock and ripe tangerines. With medium-bodied richness and a crisp, balanced, beautifully fresh style, it just sings of pure Viognier (and Condrieu) and is a great white to drink over the coming 4-6 years."
- Jeb Dunnuck (Northern Rhône: The Blockbuster 2015s and Elegant 2016s, January 2018), 94 pts


Winery: Remi Niero

Remi Niero Estate

It is on terraced hillsides that the Domaine Niero harvests the best grapevines of Viognier and Syrah to offer unique vintages of Condrieu and Côte-Rôtie.

Culture ways:

Caring about environment, your wine grower has resorted to thoughtful working methods in the vineyard so as to develop a responsible wine growing . Moreover, aware of the need to adapt his culture policies, he has recently resorted to organic farming.

Date Founded: 1973

Owner: Remi Niero
Winery Philosophy: "Having a real passion for wine for nearly twenty years, I’ve followed in my father’s footsteps and have taken over the family domain by his side from 2004. For three generations (the domain was created in 1973), we have given much importance to the quality of our wines from the unique soils of Condrieu and Côte-Rôtie.

As vintage wines from the northern Rhône Valley, my vintages reflect our passion and are the fruits of a genuine know-how, a legacy from both my father and my grandfather. I invite you to discover the typical aspects of my wines, which I’ve worked on while keeping up the tradition and respect of our environment to make them the finest and the most unique vintages.

Either in Condrieu or in Côte-Rôtie, each type of vine (Viognier or Syrah) fully expresses itself according to its favourite soil. Endowed with a great open-mindedness further to my numerous visits through worldwide vineyards, I strive to make my wines delicate, structured and unique products. From the vineyard work to the wine-making process, my team and I have done our best to get the perfect maturity and the quintessence of aroma in order to offer the wines that wonderfully reflect our outstanding soil."

Rémi Niero
Condrieu and Côte-Rôtie wine grower

Now at the head of the vineyard , Rémi Niero has taken over from his father Robert, who, from Rémi’s early age, has passed on to him his whole know-how and passion for wine growing. The latter had taken over a small vineyard from his father-in-law Jean Pinchon in 1985, planting and working hard in those “chaillets” to make one of the most beautiful landscapes of our shared patrimony look more beautiful. Despite the requirement of this soil, his efforts have been rewarded by the authentic and natural balance of the wines.

To honor his masters Robert and Jean, Rémi offers his new vintage « Héritage» ,which is particularly faithful to the know-how and identity of the domain. Taken from the selection of the most beautiful casks of Condrieu, it will charm your taste buds and those of your guests.

 

Remi Niero Côte-Rôtie vineyard:

History:
It is one of the oldest vineyards in France. The Romans developed it and later, during the Middle-Age, a legend says that Lord Maugiron shared his good between his two daughters, one brown-haired and the other blond-haired,hence the names that the wines have kept , Côte Brune and Côte Blonde. Côte-Rôtie is the domain of the Syrah vine, which is broad and manly. A small place has been given to Viognier (20 % maximum allowed in the blend) which can bring a more feminine note.

Soils and climate:
The vine is harvested on grape-pickers’ backs on very steep granitic hillsides called “chaillets”, hold back by stone walls. The climate is the same than in the Condrieu vineyard. Rémi and Robert Niero’s Côte-Rôtie comes from two parcels over two hectares : La Viallière and Le Côteau de Bassenon (the southernmost parcel of the label).

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