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Tasting note: First flight Viognier is a fresher, more linear style of Viognier than you’d expect from the Northern Rhône full of obvious ripe white peaches. Freshness in abundance, white flowers, apricot stone fruit that are full of bright energy.
Domaine Graeme & Julie Bott are quickly becoming one of the Northern Rhône’s most promising producers. Although they only released their first vintage in 2016, they make handcrafted wines which are gaining a loyal following. Their story is one of hardwork, romance and a stroke of luck. Graeme is from New Zealand while Julie is a native of the Northern Rhône; they met working at Domaine Ogier, one of the most prominent Côte-Rôtie producers. It was through the purchase of their first house that they discovered its impeccably placed garden was on the hillside of Vérin - prime Condrieu AOC - and so their domaine was born. They now own seven hectares of vines spread across the Côte Rôtie, Condieu, St Joseph and little-known Seyssuel. Graeme and Julie are boutique producers through and through: they started by making their wines using a neighbour's garage but have now taken up residence in their own cellar, tucked just beneath La Mouline in Côte-Rôtie. Their winemaking talents are clear. Their silky Vin de Pays Syrah, First Flight, is a brilliant introduction to their superb range and as a result it has quickly become one of Lay & Wheeler’s best-sellers. Each of their wines are nuanced and complex examples of their appellation and are well-worth stocking up on.
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