Domaine Georges Vernay Coteau de Vernon Condrieu 2019

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Domaine Georges Vernay Coteau de Vernon Condrieu 2019

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 opulent 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.

Domaine Georges Vernay Coteau de Vernon Condrieu 2019

Opulent and complex with a flavour of ginger and peach
with complementing jasmine notes through to a long and
layered finish, quite stunning.
Producer Note
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. In 2019, Domaine Georges Vernay was awarded the prestigious 3 stars by
'La Revue du Vin de France'.
Vintage
A mild winter was followed by a dry spring, which promoted early budbreak. April and
May experienced a cold snap with frost, which reduced yields. 2019 was a hot growing
season, as sizzling heatwaves from late June to July, resulted in drought conditions
throughout much of the region. Some localised hail storms brought with them rain,
which helped to refresh the vines. Harvesting took place in September, producing rich,
concentrated wines, but with balancing natural acidity, which suggests the vines had
periods to rest.
Vineyard
The 2.5 hectares of south to south-east facing vineyard 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.
Winemaking
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
months with regular "bâtonnage" (stirring of the lees) which added texture and
complexity to the resulting wine.
Tasting Note
The wine is delicate yet opulent 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.
Grape
Viognier 100%
Winemaker: Christine Vernay
Region: Rhône
Subregion: Condrieu
Country: France
Alcohol: 14.5%

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