2017 Domaine Remi Niero Condrieu "Heritage" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1405101 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Niero's top cuvée comes from selected parcels and sees just a bit more oak than his other bottlings (around 50%). The 2017 Condrieu Heritage is full-bodied and rich, a lush, silky sexpot. Floral notes mark the nose, while the ripe fruit ranges from melon to apricot and pineapple, all underscored by a potent note of wet stones and a lingering finish. Too bad there are only 1,200 bottles. Rémi Niero's tiny family domain amounts to just eight hectares: four in Condrieu, two in Côte Rôtie and one each in Saint-Joseph and IGP. The winery is located at the appropriately named Impasse du Pressoir, near the Mairie in the village of Condrieu. It's relatively recent in French terms, having been left to Rémi's father by his wife's father in 1973. Follow that? That would've been Rémi's maternal grandmother. Rémi started working with his father in 2005, and his dad retired in 2010. Rémi's day job is as a mechanical engineer at Pellenc, the French manufacturer of viticultural and winemaking equipment, so the technical aspects of the winery are completely up to date, and the wines are clean and expressive. (JC)  (12/2018)

93 points Decanter

 Viognier grown on granite is fermented in tank and barrel, with malo in barrel, followed by eight months on fine lees in 300l and 228l barrels. Intense, savoury, walnut skin aromas lead to a very powerful, driving and intense palate. There's a mineral saltiness underneath that helps bring energy and drinkability. A vinous expression, long in fruit and power. Drinking Window 2018 - 2021. (MW)  (10/2018)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The light gold-colored 2017 Condrieu Héritage (12 months in 40% barrels, with the balance in stainless steel) offers a terrific bouquet of spiced citrus, orange blossom, and white flowers. It's fresh, elegant and lightly textured, with a balanced, charming, complex and forward style. It shows the vintage style and is ideal for drinking over the coming couple of years.  (12/2018)

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