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Georges Vernay

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.

Condrieu is the original home of the Viognier grape, having been planted here since the Roman occupation in the third century. In 1940 it was officially made an appellation. In those early days, it was Georges Vernay and his father Francis who were instrumental in guiding the appellation into the future. Francis served as the first treasurer for the Condrieu Growers' Union and it was George who was influential in delimiting the boundaries of the appellation to ensure that only those wines from the vines planted on the steep, granite hillsides could call themselves Condrieu. In 1996, Christine Vernay took over the family domaine after her father Georges retired. Under her watch, the wines have become even more delicate and nuanced. In addition to world class Viognier, she has been crafting some of the top Côte-Rôtie here, and critics are starting to take notice.

“Christine Vernay is at the top of her game and readers looking for the best Condrieu has to offer need look no further. In addition, the quality of her Côte-Rôties (she has roughly three hectare in the southern part of the appellation) has skyrocketed recently. This is an estate that, without a doubt, merits your attention and hard-earned money.” - Jeb Dunnuck, eRobertParker.com

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