Laurent Miquel Nord Sud Viognier

By | November 13, 2006

I had a Laurent Miquel Nord Sud 2005 Viognier last night. Now and again nothing quite hits the spot like Viognier, and I’ve usually opted for New World varietals, but this French one made its way into my fridge.

Its clear, bright and an attractive pale straw colour, beneath an annoying foam plastic cork. It smells fresh and floral with spicy fruitiness. It’s very slightly off dry, with a well balanced acidity. It tastes slightly floral, but with peach stones and cinnamon and just a touch of gentle toasted oak, certainly not an overwhelming amount.

At 13.5% it has quite a warming alcoholic hit, but not so much as you might expect on an Australian or Californian example. It adds to the long spicy finish. It’s at peak now and I don’t think it will benefit from further age.

It’s from the Languedoc and you can pick it up for around £7 at Majestic, it’s even available in the new world.

5 thoughts on “Laurent Miquel Nord Sud Viognier

  1. winesmith

    I’m still trying to figure out Viognier, so I’ll try to find this one on this side of the pond. I’m sipping an Australian Viognier (Yalumba) right now, which is just okay.

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  2. Dezel

    Alan,

    Shoot high and try a bottle of Viognier from Condrieu – a little pricey, but a nice example.

    I will also try to find the one you posted Golly ….Viognier has been a big hit with me this Spring.

    Happy Sipping!

    Dezel

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  3. GollyGumDrops

    Condrieu is divine, but out of my everyday price range. Yalumba is much more affordable.

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  4. Dezel

    Hi Golly,

    I would agree, its just one of those things that is a much try if you’re curious about the varietal.

    I hope to start a small local group where we all put in about $10 and buy a nice bottle everyone once in a while to sample the ‘good stuff’. That way its not much out of pocket cost; especially if it turns out to be a bust.

    Yalumba is great for the price, I have also purchased some local affordable Viognier, and some great bottles from South Africa, CA and Chile.

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  5. GollyGumDrops

    I’m in a similar group. We get to drink some very nice wines, and also some not so good ones which maybe we wouldn’t have tried otherwise. It’s worthwhile if you can get it going.

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