Georges Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de l'Empire 2017 Front Label
Georges Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de l'Empire 2017 Front LabelGeorges Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de l'Empire 2017  Front Bottle Shot

Georges Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de l'Empire 2017

  • JD94
  • WS93
  • JS92
750ML / 0% ABV
Other Vintages
  • V95
  • JD94
  • RP90
  • JS93
  • D93
  • RP91
  • RP93
  • WS92
  • RP91
  • JS90
  • RP92
  • WS91
  • RP91
All Vintages
Currently Unavailable $89.99
Try the
99
89 99
Save $9.01 (9%)
Ships Mon, Sep 27
Limit 0 per customer
Sold in increments of 0
0
Limit Reached
0.0 0 Ratings
MyWine Share
Vintage Alert
Alert me when new vintages are available
Have you tried this? Rate it now
(256 characters remaining)

0.0 0 Ratings
750ML / 0% ABV

Winemaker Notes

An archetypal fruity wine, with an unmistakable fragrance of white peaches and a finesse and an elegance typical of this style. It is a harmonious Condrieu, one of freshness and beautifully balanced aromatic qualities.

Critical Acclaim

All Vintages
JD 94
Jeb Dunnuck

Leading off the three Condrieus from this reference point estate, the 2017 Condrieu Les Terrasses de l'Empire is a seamless, brilliant wine that makes the most of what was a more difficult vintage for Condrieu. Stunning notes of white peach, citrus blossom, spice, and subtle minerality all emerge from the glass. With ample richness, terrific purity, and a clean, pure style, drink it over the coming 3-5 years.


WS 93
Wine Spectator
Alluring, with almond cream, white peach, yellow apple and Cavaillon melon flavors gliding through. The caressing finish has a light piecrust echo. Drink now through 2023.
JS 92
James Suckling

Beautifully spicy apricot and orange-blossom aromas lead to a palate that has such composed, fleshy and ripe peach and apricot flavor. Really concentrated. Drink now.

View More
Georges Vernay

Georges Vernay

View all products
Georges Vernay, France
Georges Vernay Winery Image
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 have taken notice. In 2013, Christine was given the prestigious award of "Winemaker of the Year" by Bettane & Dessauve.

A pioneer in the renewal of the Condrieu appellation, Domaine Georges Vernay has always made wines of unique style, notable for their finesse, elegance and harmony. The property has become a major emblem of Rhone Valley winegrowing, from the time when Georges Vernay saved the Condrieu appellation to the international awards earned by Christine Vernay’s Côte-Rôtie. Three generations have left the mark of the philosophy on the estate, while perpetuating its traditions in the greatest respect for both vines and winegrowers.

Image for Condrieu Wine Rhone, France content section

Condrieu Wine

Rhone, France

View all products

As the source of some of the most vibrant and powerful white wines in France, Condrieu is uniquely situated in one of the northern outposts of the Rhone River. It is the original Viognier appellation with a wine growing history reaching back well over two thousand years. Like most of the wine regions of the Northern Rhone, Condrieu’s vines grow on extremely steep and narrow granite terraces. But what makes the region unique is a topsoil, locally called, “arzelle,” made of decomposed mica. This and a sheltering of the harsh northern winds, make optimal sites to produce opulent and brilliant Viognier. It is a tiny zone with no room for expansion and produces miniscule amounts of wine each year, contributing to its allure.

A fine Condrieu will have aromas and flavors suggestive of ripe stone fruit, lime peel, green almond, ginger, white flowers and toasted nuts. A honeyed smell may mislead you to think the wine will be sweet but the modern style favors totally dry on the palate. Its texture will be full and soft but a touch of mineral will provide great balance.

Image for Viognier Wine content section
View all products

Full-figured and charmingly floral, Viognier is one of the most important white grapes of the northern Rhône where it is used both to produce single varietal wines and as an important blending grape. Look for great New World examples from California, Oregon, Washington and cooler parts of Australia. Somm Secret—Viognier plays a surprisingly important role in the red wines of Côte Rôtie in the northern Rhône. About 5% Viognier is typically co-fermented with the Syrah in order to stabilize the color, and as an added benefit, add a subtle perfume.

SPRDNGVTD17C_2017 Item# 516922

Internet Explorer is no longer supported.
Please use a different browser like Edge, Chrome or Firefox to enjoy all that Wine.com has to offer.

It's easy to make the switch.
Enjoy better browsing and increased security.

Yes, Update Now

Search for ""

Processing Your Order...