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.