La Champine Viognier is a tour de force after its Syrah big brother;
“This is almost as impressive as Gerin’s La Champine Syrah, which is a tremendous achievement as Viognier seems much harder to do well. Hints of crushed stone and struck flint add nuance to the ripe apricot aromas, while the exotic, tropical fruit flavors of mango and pineapple are reined in by a touch of citrus-pith bitterness. Drink now–2018.
(Wine Enthusiast Magazine, JOE CZERWINSKI, Jan 2017)
Viognier wines characteristic is their delicate floral notes and medium acidity. Therefore avoid too bold or acidic food. Prefer a Chicken Tagine or a Poached salmon. The perfect cheese matching would be with a mild sheep cheese or a Savoie cheese like Mont d’Or or Reblochon.
The Gerin family have been winemakers for 6 generations in the Rhône valley. Jean-Michel Gerin has pioneered the revival of the Côte Rôtie appellation. His first separate vinification was in 1988 at “Les Grandes Places”. Later on, he continued plantations at “”Les Lézardes” and extended the vineyard to a total of 12 Ha, in Côte Brune and to the north of the appellation.