Domaine Georges Vernay, Condrieu Terrasses de L'Empire 2017

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  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    France

  • Region:

    Rhone

  • ABV:

    13.50%

  • Grape:

    Viognier

  • Grape Blend:

    Viognier 100%

  • Winemaker:

    Christine Vernay

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Domaine Georges Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de LEmpire 2017 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Pure peach and apricot aromas are lifted with hints of acacia flowers. Full and creamy with a distinctive mineral expression and a subtle Condrieu saline complexity supporting the ripe stone fruit flavours. This is a pure expression of a very fine Viognier.

Production Notes

The grapes were manually harvested at full maturity of 13 to 14 degrees, they were then meticulously sorted and pressed. After a static temperature controlled must settling, the clear juice was fermented in 225 litre barriques, lasting approximately four to five weeks. The wine was matured on its fine lees in oak barrels of which 25% were new, for 12 to 18 months, with regular b�tonnage (lees stirring) which imparted complexity and volume to the resulting wine.

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 C�te R�tie 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 C�te R�tie wines.