In a nutshell: Think ripe fleshy peaches and plump lychees and you'll be on the right lines with this bright and unoaked Viognier.
The lowdown: Ripe and refreshing both at the same time is what a good southern French viognier manages to be. And this is in that category. Kicking off with a fragrant hint of white flowers, the plump stone fruit flavours are balanced with a clean, sparkly acidity and silky texture on the tongue giving a lovely creamy feel on the finish. Plenty of wine for a pretty modest outlay.
Château Fontareche is a historic Languedoc estate a few kilometres inland from the city of Narbonne. It's surrounded by 160 hectares of sustainably farmed vineyards which are a composed of free-draining gravel and limestone soils. The climate in this part of the world can be challenging in the heat of the summer, but under the guidance of the current owner, Jacques De Lamy, they consistently produce top quality, physiologically ripe fruit which is the kicking off point underlying the quality of their wines.