Viognier is still a relatively rare grape variety, but plantings (and quality) is increasing. The main characteristic of the grape is stoned fruit – peach and, particularly, apricot. This combines with a soft palate, gentle acidity, a plush texture in the mouth and some attractive floral hints. Although classified as a Pays d’Oc this has much more interest than many other wines labelled as such. - Andy Howard MW
About the Wine
Located in the south of France, in the heart of Languedoc-Roussillon, the Bachellery estate stretches along the ancient Via Domitia, facing the Mediterranean Sea.
Based in Bachellery since the early 80s, Bernard Julien has planted twenty different grape varieties, making his vineyard an exception in France. The next generation is Yannick and Brice Julien, the 5th generation of vine growers, who have joined their father on this 70 ha farm.
The objective of the French Ambush project is to produce vin de soif of the most quintessentially French character possible, hence the planting of so many varieties.
The wines are vinified with the greatest care in order to preserve the freshness of the aromas, and this viognier is an excellent example of its type; scented and floral on the nose with a pleasing rounded finish.
Works well with
Wines from this part of south-eastern France are designed to go perfectly with the local seafood. So, try this with oysters, some pan-fried scallops or with chargrilled tiger prawns.
The weight, freshness and intensity of the wine makes it the perfect aperitif as well.