Best Viognier Wine

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Viognier's home is France, especially in the northern Rhône Valley regions of Condrieu and Château-Grillet (the latter has just ten acres and one owner), where it's the only white grape used and produces magnificently fragrant, voluptuous and expensive wines. It's also grown in Languedoc, Roussillon, Provence, Australia, Brazil, California, Oregon and Washington.

The grape is difficult to grow because its prone to mildew and produces small yields. If left to overripen, it will have a bland, winery taste and high alcohol.

Signature aromas include ripe apricots, orange blossoms, peaches, mango, pineapple, guava, kiwi, tangerine, honeysuckle, spring blossoms, musk and acacia.

My reviews of these  Viognier white wines are updated weekly. These Viognier white wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Viognier wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Viognier in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.

Cono Sur Viognier 2011
Colchagua Valley, Chile
A remarkable wine for the price! Floral with rose petal, lychee and some baking spice on the nose. Viscous and full-bodied with a gorgeous weight and depth. Perfect for Asian fare and medium curries. Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2014  Spectacular Spicy Wine  Price: $12.95 Score: 89/100

This Viognier was reviewed March 7, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 64287  Check Stock
BC: 566836  7479 in stock
 

Vignobles Guilhem Le Viognier Viognier 2012
Vin De Pays D'oc, Midi, France
Classically floral viognier yet not over-the-top. Medium- to almost full-bodied with white peach and Asian pear. Tryu with mild to medium curries and spicy dishes. Viognier food pairings: turkey breast, pork tenderloin. Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2016  Terrific Turkey Wine  Best Value White Wine  Price: $15.95 Score: 89/100

This Viognier was reviewed December 7, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 358507  212 in stock
 

Michel Gassier  Les Piliers Viognier 2006
Vin De Pays D.O.C, France
Half the juice for this wine was fermented in new French oak barrels, the other half in stainless steel. The nose offers delicious aromas of apricot, tangerine and hints of vanilla. On the palate, it has a rich texture with ripe peach and candied fruits, with a long creamy finish. My note: A gorgeous viognier! Full-bodied with luscious, round and mouth-filling flavors. Viognier food pairings: grilled swordfish, mango chutney. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Best Value White Wine  Price: $18.95 Score: 90/100

This Viognier was reviewed July 21, 2007 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 669531  Check Stock
SAQ: 10936785  90 in stock
 

Small Gully The Formula Helen's Harmony Viognier 2008
Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
How gorgeous is this? White flowers, anise, white pepper and honeysuckle... Love it! Viognier food pairings: Asian dishes, curries. Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2015  Price: $19.95 Score: 91/100

This Viognier was reviewed February 4, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 269332  Check Stock
 

Baron Phillippe De Rothschild Viognier 2010
Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Incredible taste and quality for the price! Lovely floral and lychee aromas and some light spices on the finish. A terrific wine for spicy dishes and curries. Viognier food pairings: TARRAGON CHICKEN, SHELLFISH SALAD, SPAGHETTI AL PESTO, FRESH GOAT'S CHEESE. Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $10.95 Score: 88/100

This Viognier was reviewed August 3, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 619221  Check Stock
 


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Viognier

Viognier often has a viscous, opulent, creamy texture, even without oak aging. With oak aging, it also has notes of butter, cream, oak, smoke, tobacco and toast. Late-harvest and dessert styles have deeply ripe tropical fruit aromas.

Viognier is as intensely aromatic as Gewürztraminer and suffers the same problem of being difficult to pronounce. To wit: VEE-ohn-yay.

Viognier is often blended with other white grapes, such as Marsanne, Rousanne, Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc and Chenin Blanc. Sometimes, Viognier is blended with Syrah in the Rhône Valley's Côte Rotie or with Shiraz in Australia to soften the red wine and to give it an aromatic lift. This "seasoning" of about five percent of Viognier also helps stablize the wine's color and enrichs its texture.

Viognier is best consumed young, no more than three to four years after its vintage date before its heady, hedonistic fragrance fades. The exceptions are those made in the Condrieu and Château-Grillet, which can age for decades because they're aged in oak for several months before bottling.

Pair Viognier with mild curries, shellfish, ham, poultry, oily nuts, Emmental cheese, sashimi, sushi, lamb, butternut squash risotto, pork chops, lobster thermidore, carrot soup and roast vegetables.