Domaine Georges Vernay, Condrieu Coteau de Vernon 2017

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  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    France

  • Region:

    Rhone

  • ABV:

    14%

  • Grape:

    Viognier

  • Grape Blend:

    Viognier 100%

  • Vegan:

    Yes

  • Winemaker:

    Christine Vernay

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Domaine Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon 2017 - Wine

Tasting Notes

The wine is delicate yet opulent with complex stone fruit aromas of peaches, dried apricots and a hint of liquorice. Elegantly structured with racy acidity and complementing oak flavours through to a long and lingering finish.

Production Notes

The grapes were manually harvested at full maturity 13 to 14 degrees, meticulously sorted and then immediately pressed. A static temperature controlled must settling took place and the clear juice was fermented in 225 litre barrels, lasting four to five weeks. The wine was matured in oak barrels, of which 25% were new, on its fine lees for 12 months with regular "bâtonnage" (stirring of the lees) which added texture and complexity to the resulting wine.

Critics Reviews

Vinous 96pts (2016) - Pale yellow-gold. Powerful, mineral-accented aromas of fresh pear, white peach, honey and jasmine pick up vibrant orange zest and saffron accents as the wine opens up. Silky and broad on the palate, offering densely packed orchard and pit fruit flavors energized by a jolt of juicy acidity and a smoky mineral note. Shows superb power and mineral thrust on the penetrating, extremely long finish, which leaves behind suggestions of bitter orange pith and iodine.

Producer Profile

Georges Vernay is known as the "King of Condrieu" and was responsible for the growth and worldwide recognition of this small appellation during the 1950s. His estate covers 22 hectares of vineyards, six of which are in the Côte Rôtie appellation. The steep and uneven vineyards make mechanical labour impossible. The vines are manually cultivated without the use of residual herbicide or insecticide. Georges' daughter, Christine, returned to her roots with Paul Anselem, her Parisian husband, and has looked after the winemaking since 1997, gaining worldwide recognition for her Côte Rôtie wines.