BB Review: Abbotts & Delaunay Viognier 2015

Buying wine to please a crowd over the Christmas period can be stressful, to say the least. That's why we've put together some crowd-pleasing wines that will go down a treat and pair with some Christmas treats, too. Stock up and let the festivities begin! 🧣🎄🍷

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THE WINE

BOTTLE: Abbotts & Delaunay Viognier 2015 - France

WHERE WE BOUGHT IT & PRICE: £9.99 from Majestic (£7.99 with a mixed case of 6. Stock up, y'all!)

ABV & TECH SPECS: 12.5% ABV 

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LET'S GET NERDY: Created in 1996 by a pair of winemakers, Nerida Abbot from Australia and Laurent Delaunay from Burgundy with the aim of uncovering the amazing potential of Languedoc Roussillon wines. Viognier (pronounced vee-ooon-yay!) is a varietal that can often have a Marmite quality. This wine is incredibly vibrant with an almost perfumed aroma, typical notes include apricots, blossom, honeysuckle, ripe peaches and musk.

WHY THIS IS ANGELA'S CHRISTMAS WINE: With it’s rich exotic aromas, medium-to-full body (and sometimes a bit of punch on the alcohol side) Viognier is my perfect match for Christmas day food pairing. Not only can it stand up against the flavours of roasted meats from turkey through to beef and goose, it will also complement the fish starters and vegetables. This one is a little more delicate on the alcohol levels so if you find yourself on a second (or third … come on, its Christmas!) glass you’ll still be able to play a round of Trivial pursuit to your best abilities.

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THE VERDICT 

CARO: Well, well, well. If I was paying attention to what has been going on lately, I’d say my tastebuds are having a revolution! Whilst Viognier has been on my List of Winemies for a while, this one’s throwing me a “How you doin’”, Joey Tribbiani-style. What. The. Hell. Beautiful copper gold hues with aromas of apple and elderflower, and a syrupy, creamy and fruity complexity leaving notes of citrus and nuts behind. I don’t know who I am anymore.

ANGELA: This has quite a delicate aroma for a viognier, which would make it easier to give to friends and family if they’re not as hard-core with the musk love. It also has a lemony freshness to it. The palate is creamy and peachy and it lingers just enough to savour. I've been road-testing this for Christmas day to please the crowd coming to my house and I think it’s a winner!

KATE: There are few things in life that I love more than spending a sunny afternoon on a crisp winter day sitting in the Clark Cooke House in Newport, Rhode Island and eating fresh oysters whilst sipping an ice cold white wine. This citrusy Viognier transports me right back to a bar-side stool in the Candy Store with a heaping plate of oysters and the winter sun sparkling off the water outside the windows. 

Even though a seaside Christmas isn't in the cards for me this year (I'll be celebrating in landlocked Minnesota), our family tradition is to make a big pot of moules marinières and to soak up any leftover sauce with crusty sourdough bread. This Viognier would be an excellent pairing for this dish and I'm crossing my fingers and toes hoping I can find a bottle of Abbotts & Delaunay across the pond. 🤞🏼

WOULD WE HAVE ANOTHER GLASS? This refreshing white goes down fast! We're gonna get a case and hope that it lasts through the celebrations.