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Producer: Domaine Georges VernayGrape Varieties: 90% Syrah, 10% ViognierOptimum Drinking: Within 15 yearsWine Style: A very elegant wine with great finesse and lengthAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
Georges Vernay is known as the "King of Condrieu" and was responsible for the growth and worldwide recognition of this small appellation during the 1950s.
His estate covers 16 hectares of vineyards, 3 of which are in the Côte Rotie appellation. The steep and uneven vineyards make mechanical labour impossible. The vines are manually propagated without the use of residual herbicides or insecticides.
George's youngest son Luc ran the winery after his father went into semi-retirement, but left to set up a flying school, while the oldest son is rehabilitating racehorses in Texas. George's daughter, Christine, returned to her roots with Paul Anselem, her Parisian husband, and has looked after the winemaking since 1997
Grapes: 90% Syrah, 10% Viognier
Vines: Average age 25 years old Planting Density: 7000 vines per hectare
Yield: 35 HL per Hectare
Harvest: By hand when the grapes are fully mature and carried to the winery in small wooden boxes.
Fermentation: The grapes are de-stemmed and fermented in temperature controlled vats lasting 2- 3 weeks. The wine is then matured in oak barrels for 18 months and bottled 2 years from vintage.
Taste: A very elegant wine with great finesse and a lingering finish. Produced in a limited quantity and will age well for up to 15 years from vintage.
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