Domaine du Monteillet was established in 1732 and is located above the village of Chavanay, near Condrieu. Today the estate is run by 10th generation wine maker, Stephane Montez who studied in Australia, California and England before returning to take charge of the family domaine in 1997. He looks after vineyards in Condrieu, Côte-Rôtie and Saint-Joseph. This is 100% Viognier from 1.5 hectares of vines grown at Chanson in the heart of Condrieu. Fermentation takes place in large oak barrels followed by a further 11 months ageing in smaller French new oak barrels before bottling. Although this will keep for up to 10 years it will be at its best between 4-5 years.
A pale straw-yellow in colour. Concentrated aromas of candied peach, orange blossom, pineapple and honey. On the palate medium-bodied with a good deal of richness and low acidity. The tannins are well balanced and the finish lengthy yet clean leading to further spicy tropical fruit notes. Try with sesame-crusted, pan-fried scallops with lemongrass vinaigrette, warm salad of red mullet with spring vegetables or spring pea and asparagus pasta primavera.