2020 Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteaux du Vernon
The Vernon Condrieu is a 100% Viognier of vines between 50-90 years old planted on a steep, granite slope which lies behind the Georges Vernay estate. The grapes are harvested by hand and collected in crates. The pressing takes place immediately after arrival. The fermentation takes place in barrels at a controlled temperature. The maturation takes place in 25% new oak barrels in fine lees. This process takes between 12 and 18 months during which the wines are stirred regularly. The Condrieu du Vernon is deep and rich, with classic scent of white peach, citrus blossom, salty minerality, lychee and exotic fruit. Medium to full bodied, smooth, round and a decadent texture that never gets heavy. A wine with great aging potential. The Vernon of Vernay is considered one of the very best Condrieu wines.
Georges Vernay a pioneer in renewing the Condrieu appellation. Christine Vernay is the 3rd generation within the Vernay family and as a winemaker always looking for finesse, elegance and harmony in her wines. With 16 hectares of vineyards along the steep slopes of the northern Rhone valley, on steep granite terraces, Christine Vernay makes fantastic wines from very old vines. Not only her Condrieu's but also the Côte-Roties are widely praised worldwide. In her quest for perfection, Christine is constantly innovating and researching to get the best out of the terroir. All wines with great aging potential, but also young, the wines are a benchmark for the Rhône.
This unique appellation is located in the northern Côtes du Rhône and borders Côte Rôtie. Unlike the latter, the landscape of Condrieu is dominated by granite terraces. This creates the ideal growing conditions for the Viognier grape, which develops a complex and intense aroma here. The wines are therefore very typical and show a pleasant character after several years of aging. Condrieu is now a famous wine region that is flourishing like never before. But it does take effort. Work on the steep slopes is especially difficult. Everything here has to be done by hand, the use of tractors is not possible. This makes the management of the vineyards labor-intensive and expensive, which also explains why the wines are so expensive.
Georges Vernay belongs to the select club of mythical domains of the northern Côtes du Rhône. Georges Vernay founded this winery in 1953 with only 1.5 hectares of vineyard. Thanks to his talent and insight, the reputation of the appellations Condrieu and Côte Rôtie grew. His daughter Christine continues the line of the house. She masterfully mastered the subtlety of Viognier and the expression of their terroir.
|Type of Wine||White|
|Region||Côtes du Rhone|
|Drinking as of||2022|
|James Suckling rating||94|
|Tasting Profiles||Aromatic, Floral, Complex, Dry, Fruity, Aged on wood, Powerful, Rich, Round, Steenfruit, Full, White fruit|
|Drink moments||Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch|