2012 Triennes Sainte Fleur Viognier
Region: Nans-les-Pins, France
Who says you can’t drink white after Labor Day? Not I, wine luhvers! This amazing weather we’ve been having in Houston has me feening for some white wine!! In the famous words of my coworker….yasss honey!!
I know it’s been a while since I reviewed a white wine, so I decided it was time to return to my first love. Earlier this year, I introduced you guys to Viognier, one of my favorite whites. Viognier is a good transitional white if you’re looking to move away from the sweet whites, but don’t really want something that’s super dry. There are so many white grapes out there, I don’t think that Viognier gets the love that it deserves. Today, I chose a Viognier from France. I’m not going to lie…I’m not a big fan of French wines, but let’s see with this Viognier is talkin’ bout!
Sainte Fleur Viognier has a very distinct bouquet. It smells like a beautiful garden of flowers. As you swirl your glass and allow the aromas to open up, you should get an intense fragrance of sweet honey. But as you’ll discover with wine, what you smell isn’t always with you taste. This Viognier is actually very acidic, which holds true for many French whites. It definitely leaves a pucker that lingers in your mouth. This wine strikes a nice balance between aromatic richness, crisp acidity and mineral structure. I’m used to the more fruit-forward Viogniers from California, but if you don’t mind a little tartness, then definitely try this one.
Overall Rating: 2 Corks
Buzzworthy: Sainte Fleur Viognier contains 13.5 percent ALC/VOL. Most whites fall between 5-14 percent, so this Viognier is on the higher end. It didn’t get my usual wine buzz, but I think it’s because the aftertaste was so tart that I was sipping uber slow. Sadly, I had a hard time finishing my glass. #blasphemy
This isn’t a wine that you can chug (yeah, I said chug…we keep it gangsta around this vines), but to each his own. If Sainte Fleur Viognier sounds like something up your alley, take a sip and let me know what you think!