Christine Vernay's 'Le Pied de Samson' bottling is not actually a Condrieu per se as it hails from the upper plateau, above 300 metres above sea level, which doesn’t fall within the boundaries of the official appellation, so is bottled as a relatively humble Vin de Pays. No matter, it's a Viognier that gives many a vrai Condrieu a good run for its money.
It makes an alluring aperitif and requires little accompaniment save perhaps a few olives. It is intended for relatively forward drinking over the next 2-3 years.
- 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 £90.00
- Bottle Case £1,080.00
"Even better are the late-released 2010s. The 2010 Condrieu 'Les Chailees de l'Enfer' is fabulous. A stunning nose of spring flowers, honeysuckle, lychee nuts and vague tropical fruits soars from the glass. Medium to full-bodied with great acidity as well as minerality, this beautiful white wine can be enjoyed over the next several years. " RP94.
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate, Dec. 2012.
- Bottle £69.00
- Bottle Case £828.00
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
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 £34.00
- Bottle Case £408.00