Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon 2016
£619.80 Price Per Case ( 6 Bottles )
Country - France
Region - Rhône
Grape Varieties - Viognier 100%
Alcohol by volume - 14%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Domaine Georges Vernay
Tasting notes - The wine is delicate yet powerful with complex stone fruit aromas of peaches, dried apricots and a hint of liquorice. Elegantly structured with racy acidity and complementing oak flavours through to a long and lingering finish.
96 Pts, Robert Parker , 2019
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Opulent and rich with a flavour of mandarins and peach with complementing floral notes through to a long and layered finish.
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 cultivated 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.
2016 has been hailed as one of the great vintages. Despite challenging weather during spring, warm weather throughout the summer produced ripe, concentrated berries. September saw the warm days continue with cooler nights, and brought about some refreshing rainfall resulting in wines with opulence, elegance and a sublime minerality. This is a vintage in demand.
The two hectares of south to south-east facing vineyards sit on granite, biotite terraces in the heart of the Condrieu appellation. The old vines are aged between 50 and 70 years. The vines are planted at density of 8,000 to 10,000 vines per hectare and yield just 25 hectolitres per hectare. Planted on 110 Richter rootstocks, they are trained according to the simple Guyot method and due to the steep nature of the terraced vineyard, the use of machines is impossible; therefore the vineyard is maintained manually and without the use of weed killers or insecticides.
The grapes were manually harvested at full maturity 13 to 14 degrees, meticulously sorted and then immediately pressed. A static temperature controlled must settling took place and the clear juice was fermented in 225 litre barrels, lasting four to five weeks. The wine was matured in oak barrels, of which 25% were new, on its fine lees for 12 to 18 months with regular "bâtonnage" (stirring of the lees) which added texture and complexity to the resulting wine.
The wine is delicate yet powerful with complex stone fruit aromas of peaches, dried apricots and a hint of liquorice. Elegantly structured with racy acidity and complementing oak flavours through to a long and lingering finish.
This is the perfect match for duck, game and mature cheese.
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