Georges Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de L'Empire 2016
£339.94 Price Per Case ( 6 Bottles )
Country - France
Region - Rhône
Grape Varieties - Viognier 100%
Alcohol by volume - 13%
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.
Georges Vernay 'Les Terrasses de L'Empire', Condrieu 2016
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Lovely ripe nectarine, peach and ginger aromas sustained by the full and creamy palate. Pure and benchmark Viognier expression.
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.
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 sustainably, 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 for eight months.
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, lobster, guinea fowl or mature cheese.
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- 6 Bottles