Eclipse L'Ostal Cazes bottle

Eclipse L'Ostal Cazes

Viognier, 2016

The Cazes family, owner of Bordeaux’s revered Château Lynch-Bages, has crafted some of France’s top wines for 80 years. In 2002 Jean-Michel Cazes, who ran the business for nearly 40 years, bought a hillside property near La Livinière, a quaint village in southern France. He replanted the vineyards with no doubt his wines would be standard-bearers—the sort of conviction that earned him lifetime achievement awards from Wine Spectator and the Institute of Masters of Wine.

Profile

L’Ostal Cazes Eclipse Viognier is similar to the style of Viognier in France’s northern Rhône Valley, only a bit lighter and zestier. Warm-climate Viogniers—think California and Australia—are fruitier and more cloying.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Pale straw
APPEARANCE
Pale straw
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Honeysuckle
White peach
Meyer lemon
Flint

Pairing

Intensely flavored, aromatic wines are as delightful to smell as they are to drink. These wines—such as Gewürztraminer, Viognier and some Rieslings—are naturally tasty with rustic fare from the places in Europe where the grapes grow, but they’re also a surefire hit with spicy, fragrant dishes like Thai green curry.

TASTING TIP

Sniff for the wine’s floral and peach characters. They’re the primary flavors and aromas of the Viognier grape.

Peach, floral, and citrus notes make up the complex bouquet of this aromatic, zesty French Viognier.

Peach, floral, and citrus notes make up the complex bouquet of this aromatic, zesty French Viognier.

Peach, floral, and citrus notes make up the complex bouquet of this aromatic, zesty French Viognier.

Peach, floral, and citrus notes make up the complex bouquet of this aromatic, zesty French Viognier.

Peach, floral, and citrus notes make up the complex bouquet of this aromatic, zesty French Viognier.

Peach, floral, and citrus notes make up the complex bouquet of this aromatic, zesty French Viognier.

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More About The Wine

Southern France’s Languedoc-Roussillon is one of the world’s largest grape-growing regions, covering more than 1,000 square miles. Its diverse climate and soil types, plus liberal production rules, are a beacon for those crafting remarkable wines. The IGP Pays d’Oc label means the wine does not come from one of Languedoc-Roussillon’s smaller subregions with stricter rules.

DID YOU KNOW?

IGP, Indication Géographique Protégée, means the wine is from a geographical area, such as a county. An AOC, Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée, is a specifically defined wine region.

  • VARIETY
    Viognier
  • VINTAGE
    2016
  • VINEYARD
    L'Ostal Cazes
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    IGP Pays d’Oc, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
  • OAK
    Stainless steel (no oak)
  • ALCOHOL
    13.0%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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