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Georges Vernay, Côte-Rôtie & Condrieu

Georges Vernay has played a vital role in the history of Condrieu & Côte-Rôtie , and the domaine that bears his name remains the appellation’s most famous. Christine Vernay carries on the brilliant work here with dry whites made from Viognier that have the opulence and intensity that borders on the narcotic - while the Syrah's are nothing short of pure seduction! In 2013, Christine was given the prestigious award of "Winemaker of the Year" by Bettane & Dessauve.

"The benchmark estate in Condrieu is unquestionably that of Christine Vernay, who pulls from the magical hillside of Coteau du Vernon located just behind her home. This is pure granite terroir and all three of her Condrieu come basically from this steep hillside. In addition to heavenly Condrieu, she makes a terrific set of Côte Rôtie."
— Jeb Dunnuck

Focus on Côte-Rôtie;
The wines of Côte-Rôtie 'the roasted slope' are some of the most elegant and seductive Syrah's made in the world today. At their best, they offer a sublime depth of flavour and complex aromatics, including bacon fat, black and red fruits, kirsch, mineral, pepper, earth, spice and floral scents. There is a fine mineral element and freshness in the finish, coupled with pure red and sometimes darker berries.

The wines are most often medium to full bodied, with sensuous, silky textures that caress the palate with exotic suppleness. Viognier grapes can be added to give a finesse, floral and white fruit element, along with an exotic quality to the wines when blended. The stems from Viognier can also provide a black pepper component to the wine as well.

Due to the small size of the Côte-Rôtie appellation, coupled with the increasingly world-wide high demand for their wines, the prices for most Côte-Rôtie are high, but they are well worth the effort to seek out. When you factor in how little wine is made, and consider the back-breaking labour needed to farm these steep terraced vineyards, and the stylish, high quality, it's amazing that they cost as little as they do! 

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