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Domaine Georges Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de L’Empire 2016

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CWA97

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Price: $79.00

 
*Price includes complimentary shipping on 6+ bottles.

“Classic” 97 Points 
“Stunning and seductive aromatics (honeysuckle, gardenia) lead out on this awe-inspiring wine. Beginning with a luxurious and exceptionally pure texture, it showcases gorgeous and expressive notes of fresh peach, citrus blossom, almonds, and fresh warm brioche. Domaine Vernay brings together the finest, most ethereal qualities of Grand Cru Burgundy and the depth and power of our favorite Napa whites such as Chateau Boswell and Kistler. Crafted from 100% Viognier grapes from vineyards planted just after WWII, from the village of Condrieu (i.e. epicenter of this varietal), this gorgeous and exotic white is rich, but very pure, with a rounded creamy feel to the expressive melon and stone fruit flavors.” - California Wine Advisors 

“Incisive aromas of fresh citrus and orchard fruits, ginger and violet are joined by hints of chalky minerals, fennel and white pepper. Juicy and sharply focused on the palate, offering fresh pear and Meyer lemon flavors that show impressive clarity and minerally drive. The citrus fruit and floral notes come back strong on the vibrant finish, which hangs on with excellent focus and tenacity. Christine Vernay told me that, despite the short crop, 2016 is “a classic, elegant vintage” for Condrieu and that there’s no reason to suspect that the wines won’t age gracefully for years, even decades. “It’s a vintage that is defined by balance, minerality and freshness,” she said, “and those are key ingredients to ageworthy wines.” - Antonio Galloni, Vinous (5/18)
 
BACKGROUND
Condrieu, on the right-bank of the Rhône, is famous as Viognier’s original home, and is the Northernmost white wine appellation in the Rhône Valley. These impressive wines inherit their exceptional character from the appellation’s narrow terraces, composed of granite, mica and shale, giving the wines an irresistible perfume of blossoms, peaches and apricots. Les Terrasses de L’Empire comes from several organically farmed small plots located on the steep hillsides of Condrieu. The wine is fermented and aged on fine lees for 8 months in a combination of stainless steel and used oak barrels.  
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  • Reviews
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Kevin Bacons

*Price includes complimentary shipping on 6+ bottles.

“Classic” 97 Points 
“Stunning and seductive aromatics (honeysuckle, gardenia) lead out on this awe-inspiring wine. Beginning with a luxurious and exceptionally pure texture, it showcases gorgeous and expressive notes of fresh peach, citrus blossom, almonds, and fresh warm brioche. Domaine Vernay brings together the finest, most ethereal qualities of Grand Cru Burgundy and the depth and power of our favorite Napa whites such as Chateau Boswell and Kistler. Crafted from 100% Viognier grapes from vineyards planted just after WWII, from the village of Condrieu (i.e. epicenter of this varietal), this gorgeous and exotic white is rich, but very pure, with a rounded creamy feel to the expressive melon and stone fruit flavors.” - California Wine Advisors 

“Incisive aromas of fresh citrus and orchard fruits, ginger and violet are joined by hints of chalky minerals, fennel and white pepper. Juicy and sharply focused on the palate, offering fresh pear and Meyer lemon flavors that show impressive clarity and minerally drive. The citrus fruit and floral notes come back strong on the vibrant finish, which hangs on with excellent focus and tenacity. Christine Vernay told me that, despite the short crop, 2016 is “a classic, elegant vintage” for Condrieu and that there’s no reason to suspect that the wines won’t age gracefully for years, even decades. “It’s a vintage that is defined by balance, minerality and freshness,” she said, “and those are key ingredients to ageworthy wines.” - Antonio Galloni, Vinous (5/18)
 
BACKGROUND
Condrieu, on the right-bank of the Rhône, is famous as Viognier’s original home, and is the Northernmost white wine appellation in the Rhône Valley. These impressive wines inherit their exceptional character from the appellation’s narrow terraces, composed of granite, mica and shale, giving the wines an irresistible perfume of blossoms, peaches and apricots. Les Terrasses de L’Empire comes from several organically farmed small plots located on the steep hillsides of Condrieu. The wine is fermented and aged on fine lees for 8 months in a combination of stainless steel and used oak barrels.  

Winery Domaine Georges Vernay

Vineyard Designate

AVA

Region Rhone