Stephane Montez, Condrieu, 2014, Rhone, France

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The viognier grape was threatened with extinction in the seventies, surviving in its last bastion, the slope of Condrieu in at the very top of the Rhone Valley - just below Lyon facing Cote Rotie. One of its advantages is that this heady wine is all about hedonistic pleasure; a rich perfumed nose with oak, spice and stone fruit with just enough acidity to give it an edge. It doesn't need age and prefers to be served just below room temperature. Pairs with summer risottos and shellfish.