A warming Northern Rhône Syrah. It has a bright, black fruit bouquet and a complex and concentrated palate of plums and damson with hints of herbs and a smooth, supple finish.
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The 'Sainte-Agathe' Côtes du Rhône from Domaine Georges Vernay hails from a parcel of vines that border Côte Rôtie - a rare example of a Côtes du Rhône wine produced in the North of the region (95% of Côtes du Rhône is produced on the plains of the South), and should age well for up to a decade. It is excellent with roast veal or hard cheeses.
The Vernay name is synonymous with quality Viognier. Christine Vernay's father Georges (formerly president to the Condrieu growers’ syndicat and who was born in 1926) was instrumental in keeping the Condrieu appellation from extinction in the 1960s when there were only 8 hectares left under vine! The Vernays have worked tirelessly to promote Viognier and are largely responsible for its current renaissance and newfound global popularity. Christine Vernay took over winemaking responsibilities here in 1997 and is assisted in the management of the estate by her husband Paul Amsellem. Today the Vernays farm 7.5 hecatres of vines at Condrieu, which puts them in the top 3 growers in volume terms (alongside Cuilleron & Guigal). Domaine Georges Vernay is widely regarded as being among the very best sources of Condrieu, they also produce an excellent Vin de Pays Viognier, from higher altitude vines called ‘Le Pied de Samson’ as well as an impressive range of red wines comprising a fruity Vin de Pays Syrah, Saint Joseph and Côte Rôtie.
Yapp Brothers are members of 'The Bunch', a group of Britain's best independent wine merchants.
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