Georges Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de l'Empire 2012

Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France

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Item No. 131970
  • white wine
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  • ST93
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Winemaker's Notes

The Georges Vernay Condrieu "Terrasses de l'Empire" is an excellent example of Rhone Viognier with the unique flavors of white peach and flowers with the elegance, delicacy and charm typified of this style . A Condrieu steeped in harmony, freshness with aromatic quality to finish the wine with beautiful balance.

Critical Acclaim

"Pale gold. Powerful, mineral-drenched aromas of lime zest, pear skin, violet and quinine, with a suave, smoky overtone. Juicy, intense and dense, offering chewy orchard and citrus fruit flavors, building spiciness and strong minerality. Penetrating acidity energizes the smoky, strikingly persistent finish, with the pear and quinine notes repeating. No excess fat here."
93 Points

"A fresh style, with yellow apple and melon rind notes framing a core of apricot and creamed peach. Hints of bitter almond and orange line the finish, lending good definition."
91 Points

"Always the first to be released, the 2012 Condrieu Les Terrasses de l’Empire is a downright pretty, perfumed and elegant example of the appellation, with notions of white peach, apricot jam, lychee nut and white flowers emerging from the glass. Fresh, supple and yet beautifully textured, it should be enjoyed over the coming 4-5 years."
91 Points

Learn About Georges Vernay

GEORGES VERNAY created the family business with 1.5 hectares of AOC Condrieu Coteau du Vernon vineyards. Towards the end of the 40's, GeorgesVernay became one of the most ardent defenders and saviours of the Appellation, then about to disappear. Today, the vinification is assured by his children Luc and Christine VERNAY and the estate extends over 16 hectares: 7 hectares...

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Learn About Condrieu

(con-dree-UH) This tiny appellation just south of Cote Rotie produces all white wine, all from Viognier, the heady, perfumed grape that is at its best in the Northern Rhone. The slopes are south facing and made of granite, with a very specific top soil made from mica, called arzelle. Condrieu is small, with only 300 acres of vine. Within Condrieu lies Chateau Grillet, a sole...

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Learn About Viognier

Viognier(vee-ohn-YAY) Viognier is best known for producing the rich, aromatic white wines of the Northern Rhone. Once a pricey commodity of the area, it's now much easier to find and drink. The perfumed grape creates wines of distinct aromas and flavors. Lower in acid and even lower yielding, Viognier kept to itself in Southern France until some traveling winemakers took hold of...

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