& COOKING ARTICLE
Viogniers for 'Under a Fiver'
published courtesy of 'Enjoying Viognier',
a unique website dedicated to just one grape variety
and to all those who enjoy the wines produced from i.
over 35 wines on our records selling in the UK at under
£5 we felt we had to have a comparative tasting
of some of them. We were modest in our capacity and
took five - Le Midi, Virginie, Falcon Ridge, Montine,
and Bellefontaine, which represented wines that are
readily available from different high street outlets.
details for each one you can find in the individual
tasting notes. We feel that our conclusions probably
apply more generally to wines of this price especially
those emanating from the the South of France (four Pays
dOc and one Southern Rhone) where often high yields
and mass production are being used on a grape that actually
requires the opposite to show its best side.
course this does not take account of the new world under
a fiver Viogniers . . . Some of these we have featured
in other tastings and are a slightly different story.
discovered a sameness in most of this tasting there
is one that stands out . . . All are worthy of lazy
day drinking but one is worth a second, and even third
moral of this story. If you want to buy under a fiver,
search for the unfamiliar and keep searching. Every
now and then one will jump up and more than pleasantly
surprise you and its worth that hunt if you like making
discoveries . . . alternatively dont buy French
Viogniers for under a fiver.
Le Midi Viognier 2000, Vin de Pays dOc, France
oaky fruit and honey smell with a straw colour. The
taste it was felt did not live up to the nose, people
at the tasting said they expected more. It is a dry
wine with a sharp/bitter after taste. A light garden
drinking wine accompanying goats cheese canapés!
Available at £4.49 from Sainsburys
Virginie Viognier 2001, Vin de Pays dOc, France
nose with honey aromas and a very slight burnt smell.
A medium straw colour. A light delicate taste, some
felt weak on the palate. Some slight fruitiness to
the taste but generally a weak structure. It exhibits
some length. Produced by the new owners of Oddbins.
Available at £4.99 from Oddbins.
Ridge 2000, Vin de Pays dOc, France
a typical Viognier in everything from the bottle to
the taste. One of our tasters said that they probably
wouldnt recognise it as a Viognier. Produced
by Australians in the Pays dOc. A yellow colour
with plenty of sweet honey and a tanginess on the
nose. Dry taste with some gentle fruit and short after
life with mainly acidity lingering. But at £3.99
a wine worthy of quaffing.
Available at Morrisons Supermarkets.
de Montine Viognier 2000, Vin de Pay du Comte de Grignan,
coloured with a greenish tinge. Some initial fruit
on the nose but grab it while you can because it soon
disappears. Oakiness and acid to the taste but fruit
is weak. Not a well balanced wine with an acid, slightly
sour after taste.
£4.99 from Oddbins.
Viognier 2000, Vin de Pays dOc, France
is the goody in the pack with a strong yellow colour.
Melon is strong on the nose and less oak. So a nice
nose that does deliver in the mouth. A pleasantly
petit wine smooth, subtle and simply pleasant.
You would probably get well into a second bottle before
Between £4.00 and £4.49 from Bristol Wine
Co, Corks and Martinez.
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