Condrieu, Coteau de Chery
    André Perret

    Condrieu, Coteau de Chery,



    André Perret, Condrieu, Coteau de Chery, 2022

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    André Perret, Condrieu, Coteau de Chery, 2022

    One of the great wines of Condrieu, Perret’s Chery 2022 is sparkling and animated in profile, as lemon, mirabelle and violet intermingle with touches of fine earth and delicate, wispy stones and smoke on the first pour. Incredibly pure and finessed on the palate, the 2022 is simultaneously mineral, floral, ripe and finessed. Stunning. The Chery vineyard boasts very pure, soft sandy granite soils that enable the roots to go deep, resulting in wines of strong mineral character. The vines are between 40 and 80 years old. It is one of the great vineyards of Condrieu. Aged in barriques for a year, of which only 10% are new.



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    André Perret

    André Perret

    Tasting André’s superb wines is an unforgettable experience. However, there is always a reticent air about him and an unwillingness to accept praise for the nectar that lies in his immaculate cellars. He deflects most of the praise onto the steep vineyards he owns at Chavanay and the three hectare Côteau du Chéry, the pearl in his oyster. His vines (between 25 to 50 years old) are well exposed to the sun and rarely yield more than 30 hl/ha. He prefers one- to two-year-old oak for maturing his whites, believing that brand new oak can only subdue the extravagant natural aromas and flavours of the Viognier. Malo-lactic fermentation is completed but these never lack for verve or balance. He is truly one of Condrieu's great winemakers. Of his two top Condrieu, the Clos Chanson is usually the most immediately appealing. It offers balance and charm for up to three years in bottle, while the Château du Chéry plays a little harder to get with its finer, classier fruit and violet hints that further reveal themselves with a couple of years bottle age. The crunchy, damson-packed St Joseph usually requires two years in bottle before starting to drink while Les Grisières, a parcel of 90-year-old vines, could challenge a Côte Rôtie for its grace and longevity.

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