When is best to drink your Condrieu wine?
“Top Condrieu can easily last 20 years or more, but the northern Rhône’s star white evolves into a very different creature as it ages.
It’s either best drunk within four years of the vintage, or after 12. When young, it’s characterised by heady violet and jasmine aromas with juicy white peach flavours – and it’s a lovely time to drink it.
After 12 years, it loses its floral side, but gains more complexity – aromas of gingerbread, honey, lanolin and dried citrus peel, but still full and broad in body and richness.
Like many wines, including most northern Rhône reds, it enters an awkward phase between these two stages.”