August 15, 2012
Chateau des Charmes 2006 St. David’s Bench Viognier
Click here to read the original review from April 8, 2008 Weekly Wine Note
(Re-Tasted August 2012) ... A few weeks ago I popped this wine into the fridge for some guests we had coming over ... sadly we never got around to popping the cork and so there is it sat in the fridge for a few weeks until last night, when I finally spied the bottle and decided that I would pull the cork to pair with some fish we were having for dinner. I remember this wine being more tropical in its youth, but now it has developed more like a Chardonnay ... it's not surprising they call Viognier "the alternative to Chardonnay". The nose is quite appealing with apricot and pear, but seems to have some smoky notes that also appear. The palate still has good acidity and a lovely lingering long finish, but as I said (on the palate) I probably could not differentiate this from an oaked Chardonnay. The taste is buttery and toasty with peach pit and apricot pit notes, it also develops a little poached pear as it sits in the glass. Still very pleasant ... if I want Chardonnay without it saying Chardonnay on the bottle.