Domaine Georges Vernay Les Terrasses de L'Empire Condrieu 2020

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Domaine Georges Vernay Les Terrasses de L'Empire Condrieu 2020

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.

 

Domaine Georges Vernay Les Terrasses de L'Empire Condrieu 2020

Lovely ripe nectarine, peach and ginger aromas
sustained by the full and creamy palate. Pure and
benchmark Viognier expression.
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'.
Vineyard
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 110 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.
Winemaking
The grapes were manually harvested at full maturity of 13 to 14 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 foudres
(vats).
Tasting Note
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.
Grape
Viognier 100%
Winemaker: Christine Vernay
Region: Rhône
Subregion: Condrieu
Country: France
Alcohol: 14%

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