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Mont Gigant Viognier 2017
Méditerranée IGP, France

The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)
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This opulent French wine, with inviting honeysuckle aromas and pure fruit flavors, should be enjoyed with a story of one of France’s most esteemed sons: Louis Pasteur, the celebrated 19th-century chemist. Paul Muni won an Academy Award for his nuanced portrayal of Pasteur, and the film is easy to appreciate to this day. It tells an essentially triumphant story of a man dedicated to his beliefs who overcomes his critics in the name of progress. Raise a glass to science!

THE WINE

Famously aromatic with a trademark luscious mouthfeel, Viognier (pronounced ‘vee-on-yay’) is the grape behind the Rhône Valley’s ultra-rare, ultra-expensive Condrieu. It also thrives farther south, on the slopes of Mont Ventoux – as you’re about to taste in this luxurious example. Mont Gigant (named after the ‘giant of Provence,’ Mont Ventoux) is crafted in an unoaked style to let the wine’s pure fruit character shine. Look for intense honeysuckle and candied nectarine aromas, followed by powerful flavors of ripe apricot, mango, and lemon curd.

THE GRAPE

Viognier makes some of the world’s most opulent whites. And to think: a little over 20 years ago (after being torn up in favor of more ‘fashionable’ varieties), it was down to just a few acres of vineyards in its northern Rhône home, the tiny appellation of Condrieu. Happily, it’s enjoying a resurgence in popularity, as winemakers and wine lovers everywhere embrace its heady apricot and honeysuckle character.

THE REGION

VY_FR_Rhone_bushvines3Just 30 miles from celebrated Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Ventoux is home to the same limestone- and mineral-rich soils, along with flavorboosting galet stones. The famous Mistral wind blows over vineyards at up to 200 miles per hour here, keeping the vineyards cool and pest-free. The high altitude (over 6,000 feet above sea level) and bright sun also provide the perfect foundation for viticulture.

WITH FOOD

shell_scallopsMatching weights is one of the most important principles of food and wine pairing. Delicate foods get lost, not enhanced, by a fullbodied wine. Meaty seafood like tuna, salmon, or scallops would be great with Mont Gigant – bonus points if there’s a creamy lemon sauce. The luxurious mouthfeel of this wine also calls for cream soups, like mushroom or lobster bisque.

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