2020 Georges Vernay Cote Rotie Blonde du Seigneur

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Type of Wine Red
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Côte-Rôtie
Winery Georges Vernay
Vintage 2020
Grape Syrah-Shiraz
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13%)
Drink window 2023 - 2035
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Three plots, where, in addition to syrah, 5% viognier is also planted, which is used in the assembly according to the tradition of Côte-Rôtie. Dark fruit, flowers, minerals and a licorice. Elegant and harmonious, with fine tannins. The 2018 Cote Rotie Blonde du Seigneur is full, smooth and rich, with lots of black cherries and blackberries, a velvety mouthfeel and a long, luscious finish. It's a delicious mouthful of Cote Rotie that should drink well for over a decade.

Georges Vernay pioneered the renewal of the Condrieu appellation. Christine Vernay is the 3rd generation of 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 Rhône valley, on steep granite terraces, Christine Vernay makes fantastic wines from very old vines. Not only her Condrieu's, but also the Côte-Rotie's are widely acclaimed worldwide. In her quest for perfection, Christine is constantly innovating and researching to get the best out of the terroir. All wines with great storage potential, but also young, the wines are a benchmark for the Rhône

Vineyard for 2020 Georges Vernay Cote Rotie Blonde du Seigneur

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 Red
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Côte-Rôtie
Winery Georges Vernay
Grape Syrah-Shiraz
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2020
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2035
Alcohol % 13
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 93
Tasting Profiles Earthy, Rustic, Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Barbecue, Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard
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