Perhaps the best version of this wine I've tried the 2018 Condrieu Vernillon (tasted from tank prior to bottling) features just the merest hint of toasty oak (80% was fermented and aged in amphorae) layered over tropical fruit and apricot notes. It's full-bodied round and lush but also spicy and complex with a long silky-textured finish.
Translucent green-hued yellow. Assertive orchard and pit fruit and orange peel scents are complemented by building honey and fennel flourishes. Concentrated and energetic on the palate offering intense white peach pear and tangerine flavors that become spicier as the wine opens up. A floral quality appears on the seamless finish which shows a hint of smokiness and excellent persistence. This wine was raised in a 75/25 combination of unlined 500-liter amphoras and neutral demi-muids.v