Georges Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de L'Empire 2015
One Case ( 6 Bottles ): £329.08
Country - France
Region - Rhône
Grape Varieties - Viognier 100%
Alcohol by volume - 13.5%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Domaine Georges Vernay
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.
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Lovely ripe nectarine, peach and ginger aromas
sustained by the full and creamy palate. Pure and subtle
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 Côte Rôtie appellation.
The steep and uneven vineyards make mechanical labour impossible. The vines are
manually propagated 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 Côte Rôtie wines.
The growing season was warm and the grapes ripened to perfect maturity. The 2015
is a vintage in demand, it is showcasing a wonderful, mineral elegance.
A patchwork of small plots covering four hectares in the lieu-dits of Sainte Agathe
and La Caille located in the heart of Condrieu. The vines are planted on steep South
facing granite, biotite terraces where the use of machines is impossible; therefore the
vineyard is maintained manually and without the use of weed killers or insecticides.
The average age of vines is 35 years and they are planted on Richter 100 rootstocks
and trained to the simple Guyot method. Planted at a density of between 8,000 to
10,000 vines per hectare, they yield 35 hectolitres per hectare.
The grapes were manually harvested at full maturity of 13 to14 degrees, they were
then meticulously sorted and pressed. After a static temperature controlled must
settling, the clear juice was fermented in 20 hectolitre oak vats, lasting approximately
four to five weeks. The wine was matured on its fine lees in both oak barrels and vats.
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.
Delicious served at room temperature with seared scallops in a rich, creamy sauce;
lobster; game and mature cheese.
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