France: Rhône Valley

Around Ampuis and Condrieu

The wines of Côte Rôtie, Condrieu and Saint Joseph
By John Wheeldon

This Guide was last updated on 08 August 2011
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Chateau-Grillet
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Château Grillet

Address: 42410 Vérin
Tel: 04 74 59 51 56 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 45:26:59N (45.44975)    Longitude: 4:45:8E (4.75209) 

Long famed as the smallest appellation in France (it never was as some individual Burgundy Grand Cru appellations are smaller) and one of its most famous white wines. Quality dropped over the 1980s as newly planted vines came on stream, however improvements have been made since and the wine is getting back to its former quality level. It is very different to Condrieu (despite being made from Viognier) and is a wine which needs to be kept for several years – much of the criticism of Château Grillet was made after young vintages were tasted blind against Condrieu. It is not possible to visit and taste but you can call in to buy one or more bottles to impress your wine drinking friends. It is worth going there to see the view from the terrace and to appreciate the magnificent setting for the vines – photographs are a must. To find Château Grillet take the road to Saint-Michel-sur-Rhône and look for the tiny sign on a sharp right turn before you reach the village. You can also see the beautiful small château as you drive north on the D1086. It was taken over in March 2011 by the group owning Bordeaux' Château Latour, among other wine properties, so changes may be afoot.

Useful information: Purchases only, no tasting or visit. No groups. No English spoken.

 

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