06/08/00 – Domaine des Fontanelles (France) Viognier 1999

Domaine des Fontanelles (France) Viognier 1999
The delightful Sauvignon Blanc from this Vin de Pays d’Oc producer has been my Wine of the Week in its last two vintages: a text-book sauvignon at a bargain price. Here, Domaine des Fontanelles have triumphed again taking the in-vogue and expensive Viognier grape and fashioning a wine that is, if anything, more impressive. It has hallmark Viognier characteristics of peach, apricot and blossom on the nose with a clean but full-bodied palate of pear and peach and a delightful orangy zestiness. The mouthfilling fruit is nicely balanced by tangy acidity and the whole package is quite delicious. Lovely, and as cheap as Viognier gets. (08/00) UK Stockist: Majestic 3.99