Condrieu: Domaine Georges Vernay 'Les Terrasses de l'Empire' 2020

"Bottled in June 2021, a bit earlier than usual, the 2020 Condrieu les Terrasses de l'Empire is another terrific entry-level Condrieu. Floral up front, plump and frankly delicious, it delivers plenty of ripe pineapple and apricot flavors, ample weight and richness on the palate and a long finish tinged with hints of fresh ginger and cracked pepper. Drink it over the next few years. Drink 2021 - 2024. 92/100."
Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate.

Bottle
£62.00
Bottle (Case)
£744.00
Tasting Notes

'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. Certified as an organic wine.

The Vernay's principal Condrieu, in volume terms, is this wine called 'Les Terrasses de l'Empire' which comes from 45+ year-old vines in the 'Sainte Agathe' and 'La Caille' climats. It cellars pretty well for 3-5 years, although it is hard to resist on its exuberant, youthful fruit.

About this wine
StyleWhite Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine RegionRhône, Condrieu
Grape Variety (Cépage)Viognier
Food & Wine MatchingChicken and Turkey, White Fish
ViticultureOrganic
Vintage2020
CellarageBest drunk when young within in its first 4 to 5 years.
VinificationHand-harvested grapes, from just under 5 hectares of 45+ year-old vines (from the lieu-dits of Sainte Agathe and La Caille) are fermented at 16 to 17 degrees C., in 20 hl oak barrels. Lees stirring takes place until the New Year when the wine is then transferred to steel vats prior to blending and bottling in the late Spring.
Alcohol By Volume (%)14
Producer

Domaine Georges Vernay

The Vernay name is synonymous with quality Viognier. Christine Vernay's father Georges (1926-2017) 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.

"Domaine Georges Vernay is the flagship of Condrieu. Its vines were planted in the AOC in 1936, and it remained the only domaine in Condrieu for many years, until others finally started believing in Viognier. Today, third-generation vintner Christine Vernay runs the estate, crafting whites that are both opulent and pure. Her Côte-Rôties are equally impressive."
James Molesworth - Wine Spectator.

 

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