Viognier • 13.5% ABV
From St-Michel (2 plots at Poncin, La Rouillère, La Cartherie next to Château Grillet, very pure sand, a lot of mica, clay couch at 50cm-3 metres down just before the granite rock.
100% Viognier, fermented and matured in oak for 11 months, but only a small proportion is new wood. Francois Villard is one of the stars of the northern Rhône. Their first vintage was 1991. He now makes around 20 wines, the majority white but also reds from Côte Rôtie, Crozes Hermitage and St Joseph. Poncins is his best vineyard.
Drinking window: now until 2025