Diaphanous yellow. Intense mineral-accented scents of fresh pear white peach and violet take on a citrus pith nuance with air. Silky and tightly focused on entry then deeper on the mid-palate offering sappy mineral-driven orchard pit fruit and Meyer lemon flavors that show noteworthy tension and floral lift. Closes with impressive spicy persistence repeating florality and vibrant mineral cut.v
A bit tighter in style than the expansive flowery 2018 the 2019 Condrieu Clos Chanson adds pineapple and citrus notes to the ripe apricot flavors. It's medium to full-bodied concentrated and focused with a long mouthwatering finish. An intense flavor ride it should drink well for several more years. My visit to Andre Perret's roadside winery in Chavanay is always one of the highlights of my Northern Rhône trip. Unfortunately the 2020 Condrieus were being prepared for bottling and were unavailable for tasting. Still there were a lot of other wines left to like especially after having missed visiting in 2020. We were joined by his daughter Marie who returned to work at the domaine in 2019. André's delight and pride in her work was evident as she pulled barrel samples of the 2020 reds. While there's no doubt that climate change and the recent warm-weather vintages have stressed out growers in Condrieu by narrowing the available picking windows?sometimes seemingly down to just hours?Perret seems able to thread that needle year in and year out. And if the Condrieus from the top sites of Clos Chanson and Chery are spectacular the reds from Saint Joseph are underrated.