Domaine de la Charité Viognier Côtes du Rhône AOC 2019

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Domaine de la Charité Viognier Côtes du Rhône AOC 2019
Country France
Region Rhône Valley
Appellation/Sub-Region Côtes du Rhône AOC
Grapes Viognier
Vineyard/Cellar Practices Certified Organic

Domaine de la Charité was founded by the Coste family in 1964 in Saze, just west of Avignon, and is now run by grandson, Christophe. Christophe established himself as a winemaking prodigy early on, with his 1999 vintage earning him a “Coup de Coeur” in the Guide Hachette - just two years after earning his degree in oenology! The estate is now certified organic (Ecocert). Christophe was the first winemaker in the Rhône to pioneer the use of a sorting machine which separates grapes according to potential alcohol content, allowing him to ferment grapes of lower sugar in a separate tank from those of higher sugar (and potential alcohol %), adjusting the maceration time accordingly for each batch. Fermentation occurs in horizontally mounted stainless steel tanks which rotate gently on a central axis, ensuring the skins are mixed evenly throughout the fermentation process. This full-bodied viognier is rich and mouth filling. Layers of apricot preserves, honeysuckle, and honeycomb lead into an unctuous texture on the palate, where hints of buttercream mingle with a dash of anise and baking spice. Certified organic, vegan.