Southern France, with its multifarious regions, indigenous grapes, cultures and traditions is home to some of the most exciting, characterful wines in the world and we loved this Viognier when we tried it. Mont Rocher is a collection of authentic, crafted small batch wines from Terres Fidèles produced from indigenous varieties in styles that lets them clearly express their varietal typicity and sense of place ( or ‘L’esprit de lieu’ as they say in France). Sourced from small parcels of vines that focus on intriguing varietals that are indigenous to the region. It is also the sunniest region of France and this wine reflects that sunny disposition. It is sunshine in a glass!
The very aromatic Viognier produces its aromas at a certain stage of maturation. The winemaker follows the process by tasting the grapes in August in order to choose the right day to harvest. Once harvested, the grapes undergo a short skin-contact maceration to give the wine that little bit more body and depth.
Viognier as a grape variety is going from strength to strength, it was almost extinct in the 1970’s and now it is being planted in wine regions across the globe. It is unique in that it is rarely oaked but has a fuller body so if you like a bit of oomph to your white wine, a little less acidity and that softer, more rounded mouthfeel then this is perfect for you.
The nose is dominated by soft honeysuckle, white peach and apricot. The palate is rich, fleshy and bursting with stone fruit character, tangerine and a hint of white pepper. It is almost unctuous yet still dry, tangy and refreshing. A real treat!
If you want to bring the best out in this Viognier, try with dishes flavoured with almonds, citrus, stewed fruits and aromatic herbs like basil and tarragon.