Today I opened two wines that have recently arrived in the shop they were Georges Michel La Reserve Viognier 2010, the wine has been aged in new and aged barrels this has added weight to what is normally a lightweight wine. I am not a big fan of New Zealand Viognier as I think they lack depth, but I have to say that the Georges Michel is very French in style, it has minerality on the palate similar to the French ones and has a lovely poached apricot finish. This would go well with any Chicken dish. Viognier is the only permitted grape for the French wine Condrieu in the Rhone Valley, it hasn’t taken off as well as people thought it would, if more were like this then maybe that would change.
The other wine opened was the Chapoutier La Ciboise Luberon, Luberon is an appellation that was only created in 1988, and it sits on the edge of the southern Rhone valley and borders Provence , this wine is predominately Syrah with about 20% Grenache. It is quite dry with a strong berry finish, ideal to have with pasta, home-made hamburgers.