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Domaine Georges Vernay Condrieu Les Terrasses de I'Empire 2019
Domaine Georges Vernay Condrieu Les Terrasses de I'Empire 2019


 
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Bottle-size : 75 cl

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The Vernay name is synonymous with quality Viognier. Christine Vernay's father Georges (formerly president to the Condrieu growers’ syndicat and who was born in 1926) was instrumental in keeping the Condrieu appellation from extinction in the 1960s when there were only 8 hectares left under vine! The Vernays have worked tirelessly to promote Viognier and are largely responsible for its current renaissance and newfound global popularity. Christine Vernay took over winemaking responsibilities here in 1997 and is assisted in the management of the estate by her husband Paul Amsellem. Today the Vernays farm 7.5 hecatres of vines at Condrieu, which puts them in the top 3 growers in volume terms (alongside Cuilleron & Guigal).

Domaine Georges Vernay is widely regarded as being among the very best sources of Condrieu, they also produce an excellent Vin de Pays Viognier, from higher altitude vines called ‘Le Pied de Samson’ as well as an impressive range of red wines comprising a fruity Vin de Pays Syrah, Saint Joseph and Côte Rôtie.

The floral, expressive 2017 Condrieu les Terrasses de l'Empire was the only one of the 2017 Condrieu to have been bottled at the time of my visit. Ten percent is barrel-fermented, with the remainder in wooden vats. Pineapple and apricot notes dominate this medium to full-bodied, rich, textural wine that somehow manages to retain terrific freshness on the zesty-briny finish. Tasted twice (once blind), with consistent results. Wine Advocate 92 (2017)

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