Les Jamelles Viognier 2020
Served chilled, this Viognier is ideal as an aperitif or as a match for Asian cuisine (seafood and fish) or asparagus. It is also perfect with a fruit tart. Catherine Delaunay suggests pairing it in summer, with a vegetable tian or a filet of sole with tender-crisp asparagus.
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Wines with a different spirit... "Les Jamelles" is a unique collection of handcrafted varietal wines that have been produced in the Pays d'Oc, in the South of France, since 1995.
The wines, which are soberly and authenticly presented, have won praise from the press throughout the world for their excellent quality, placing them in a class of their own.
Created by nature and the work of talented men and women, "Les Jamelles" wines offer a real handcrafted quality..the simplicity of authentic products..a different spirit.
A catchall term for the area surrounding the Languedoc and Roussillon, Pays d’Oc is the most important IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée) in France, producing 85% of this country’s wine under the IGP designation. (IGP indicates wine of good quality, not otherwise elevated to the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) status.)
The near perfect Mediterranean climate combined with dry, cool winds from the north, optimal soils, altitudes and exposures make Pays d’Oc an ideal wine growing region. Single varietal wines and blends are possible here and while many types of grapes do well in Pays d’Oc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Grenache and Cinsault are among the most common.
Full-figured and charmingly floral, Viognier is one of the most important white grapes of the northern Rhône where it is used both to produce single varietal wines and as an important blending grape. Look for great New World examples from California, Oregon, Washington and cooler parts of Australia. Somm Secret—Viognier plays a surprisingly important role in the red wines of Côte Rôtie in the northern Rhône. About 5% Viognier is typically co-fermented with the Syrah in order to stabilize the color, and as an added benefit, add a subtle perfume.