This Condrieu 'Terrasses de l'Empire' from Domaine Georges Vernay is bien classique, with subtle scents and flavours of white peaches, lychees and grilled nuts, a taffeta texture and persistent palate. It is a classic of the appellation.
- Bottle £49.00
- Bottle Case £588.00
"The 2009 Condrieu Les Chaillees de l’Enfer reveals less minerality in addition to wonderfully succulent, opulent white peach, apricot and honeysuckle characteristics and an explosive perfume of spring flowers and ripe fruit. Medium to full-bodied with good acidity for a 2009, it should continue to drink well for another 2-3 years." RP92.
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate, Dec. 2011.
- Bottle £69.00
- Bottle Case £828.00
Francois Merlin, now ably assisted by son Laurent, makes a delicious and stylish Condrieu wine which has alluring, minerally undertones and a long elegant finish, with enough weight to accompany seafood and poultry in creamy sauces.
- Bottle £33.50
- Bottle Case £402.00
With a bouquet of honeysuckle and violets, a sensuous mid-weight palate of apricots and mirabelles preceding an elegant, dry finish.
- Bottle £25.00
- Bottle Case £300.00
The jewel in the Vernay crown and, to many observers, the finest Condrieu bar none, the celebrated ‘Coteau de Vernon’ hails from a steeply-terraced, single vineyard in the centre of the appellation.
It drinks wonderfully well from release but will keep for up to 20 years in all but the lighter vintages. Bring on the quenelles!
- Bottle £85.00
- Bottle Case £1,020.00
My regular reader may recollect that I have previously extolled the virtues of the quenelles de brochet au salpicon de homard
as served at the timeless Beau Rivage restaurant in Condrieu - they were part of a food and wine pairing epiphany that resonates to this day. Sadly, both Condrieu wines and pike dumplings are necessarily costly to produce but, for an indulgent treat on a significant anniversary or red letter day, it is a celestial combination. The Condrieu, of course, must be from Domaine Georges Vernay. If you’re picking up the bill, I’ll leave the cuvée
and vintage up to you.
Georges’ daughter Christine has been at the helm of the celebrated family estate since 1997 and is rightly regarded as one of the Rhône Valley’s pre-eminent wine makers.