Another value find from the Vins de Pays d'Oc wine tasting on June 13th in NYC, this one a Viognier from St. Chinian in the Languedoc-Roussillon.
The 2005 Domaine Miquel Viognier has all the classic characteristics of the grape including a pretty, flowery fragrance and tropical fruit flavors with a touch of peach and honey on the palate. The wine is not at all sweet and is even more refreshing than some Viogniers which can be notably low in acidity. I could not help but notice that this was a big hit with everyone at the event and most tasters spent an inordinate amount of time tasting and retasting this elegant and cheerful white.
Domaine Miquel as been in the Miquel family since 1790 (talk about tradition!) and grapes were grown on the site since Roman times. Drink in the history for only $16 a bottle.
Balance & Structure: B+
Current Grade: B+
Peak Grade: B+
You can find the wine at Smith and Vine online, or in Brooklyn, NY.