With trees smothered in blossom this time of the year,it is the perfect moment to put the spotlight on Georges Vernay’s Condrieu wines with their wonderful aromas of Spring flowers.
The Condrieu vineyards lie on the right-bank of the Rhône in the most northern part of the region. The appellation is famous for its white wines made exclusively from Viognier grown on the granite hillsides that rise steeply above the riverbanks.
Condrieus are intriguing wines that strike an unusual balance between a delicate perfume and substantial body. Let’s just say that peaches, pears, honey and almonds form some of the wine’s bouquet; but it is especially the recognizable floral blossom aromas that evoke such vivid visual likenesses. When sticking your nose in a glass of Condrieu, it seems as if you are stepping into one of Monet’s garden paintings.
Discover Georges Vernay’s three Condrieu wines, perfect to drink under the blossoming trees.
Les Terrasses de l'Empire (CO) Condrieu0.75l White€57.00 €47.11This lovely expression of ripe, fruity, peach scented Viognier is long, spicy and very fresh. The wine takes its name from the time when the Rhône river was the frontier between the Holy Roman Empire to the east and the Kingdom of France. The grapes come from a patchwork of small parcels on the steep hillsides of Condrieu. The wine is fermented and aged in oak for eight months on the fine lees. This is a beautifully balanced wine between its rich aromatic flavours of peach, honey and almond and its abiding fresh acidity. Drink now for the next five years.
Les Chaillées de l'Enfer Condrieu0.75l White€80.01 €66.12Christine Vernay is the Queen of Condrieu and this famous wine comes from one of the top sites in the appellation. Produced from 100% Viognier grapes in the rugged, steep granite slopes of the two hectare vineyard. Facing south east, the L’Enfer (or Hell) referred to in the name is due to the rocky stone, the heat and the difficulty in cultivating vines here. The wine is aged on its lees for several months and aged in small oak barrels for up to a year and a half. Tasting this wine, expressive, beautiful aromas spring out of the glass: white flowers, pomegranate, spices, blood orange. I love the precision and the rich complexity with its delicious core of acidity, its length and minerality. Serve this wine with mushroom or vegetable risotto, grilled fish with a beurre blanc sauce, lobster or grilled vegetables.