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A Gourmet Gazette Fine Wine Find: Viognier

The earthy white Viognier Les Terrasses d’Aupenac 2020 from the Cave de Roquebrun. Photo courtesy Cave de Roquebrun.Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Richly aromatic, bursting with myriad flavors and savors, this wine, a star of the south of France is a perfect summer white wine. The Viognier is a grape variety that offers up smooth elegance and the Viognier from the house of the Cave de Roquebrun is no exception, the Terrasses d’Aupenac has a powerful, fruity aroma with complex notes of vanilla. Perfect as a before diner aperitif or with grilled fish, shrimp, crab or lobster flambé or the raw bar, this wine comes straight out of the vineyards of the Cave de Roquebrun located in the midst of the Regional Nature Park of the Haut-Languedoc in the south of France. The region enjoys a temperate climate year round and the participation of 40 wine producers who are specialized in the noble grape varieties of the south of France, among them the Viognier. The Viognier is an extremely old and elegant grape variety that grows in small compact bunches whose grapes have a distinctive amber white color. It is a rustic variety which grows in poor soil yet produces a wine with earthy overtones and is the variety that is used to make the superb Conroe wines, wines that rarely make it into the export market. There is however a Viognier Guild that was founded in the United States.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette

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