In a nutshell: Sublime Viognier from one the Rhône's master winemakers.
The lowdown: Intoxicating perfume of textbook Viognier - explosive peachy aromas, intertwined with incredibly delicate turkish delight, which carry through to the palate with oodles of rich, soft, plump delicious fruity flavours so totally integrated that the long lingering finish is both luscious and finely balanced.
When to drink: Perfect with fish and seafood; turbot with hollandaise particularly.
Stéphane Montez's family have been growing grapes in the Northern Rhône for ten generations and today have 23 hectares of prime vineyards in Condrieu, Côte Rôtie and Saint-Joseph. Their winery is just north of the village of Chavany in the heart of the region.
After formally studying winemaking in France, Stéphane travelled to South Africa, Australia, California and England to experience winemaking outside France, before returning to the family estate. He took over the business in 1997 and has driven the quality of the wines and the domaine's reputation to even greater heights. Winemaking focuses on power, precision and structure and involves temperature-controlled fermentations, careful extraction and the use of large wooden vats known as demi-muids.