2020 Georges Vernay les Terrasses de l'Empire Condrieu

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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 (14%)
Drink window 2022 - 2027
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A no-brainer purchase for anyone interested in Condrieu, the Condrieu les Terrasses de l'Empire from the beautiful Georges Vernay winery offers the classic richness and texture of the Viognier. The wine is golden yellow in the glass. The wine is extremely fresh, elegant and stylish. It has nice notes of ripe peach, orange blossom and honeysuckle and is slightly salty and mineral. The typical aromas of Viognier dominate the nose: acacia, violet, apricot, mango. The subtle impressions from the wood aging complete the whole. This is a medium-bodied and very balanced class wine from the famous Condrieu. Smooth and juicy due to the low acidity. The successful wood aging provides a pleasant texture and elegant aftertaste. Wonderful to enjoy alone, but very special with a lobster.

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 les Terrasses de l'Empire Condrieu

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 2027
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 92
Tasting Profiles Aromatic, Floral, Complex, Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Powerful, Lightly sweet, Rich, Round, Steenfruit, Full, White fruit
Drink moments Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch
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