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2021 Collines Rhodaniennes Viognier “Les Ruisseaux”

Domaine Jean-Claude Marsanne
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Take a few moments to become acquainted with this Viognier and you will be well rewarded. A whiff of petrol suggests you’ve opened a Riesling, while the first sip carries notes of fresh-cut grass. But as the wine loses its chill, alchemy happens. Soon you’ll detect aromas of orange blossom, and the next sip will be a succulent mouthful of apricots, ripe peaches, white flowers, and a hint of marzipan. Amid the lush fruit runs a delicate current of minerality that lingers on the tongue, as if the wine cascaded down a granite slope on its way into your glass. In some ways, it has; the stream running alongside Jean-Claude Marsanne’s vineyard transports granite deposits from Saint-Joseph to these Viognier vines and provides the wine its name, “Les Ruisseaux,” the French word for streams.

Meghan Foley

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Viognier
Appellation: IGP Ardèche
Country: France
Region: Northern Rhône
Producer: Domaine Jean-Claude Marsanne
Winemaker: Jean-Claude Marsanne
Vineyard: Planted in 2013, .8 ha
Soil: Granite
Aging: Fermented and aged in 50% stainless steel tank and 50% 228L barrels for 1 year, no new oak
Farming: Haute Valeur Environnementale (certified)
Alcohol: 12%

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Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch

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