2020 Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteaux du Vernon

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Type of Wine White
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Condrieu
Winery Georges Vernay
Vintage 2020
Grape Viognier
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13%)
Drink window 2022 - 2032
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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.

Vineyard for 2020 Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteaux du Vernon

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.

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Type of Wine White
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Condrieu
Winery Georges Vernay
Grape Viognier
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2020
Drinking as of 2022
Drinking till 2032
Alcohol % 13
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 96
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

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