Côte-Rôtie's white twin, the appellation almost disappeared! Phylloxera, the First World War, the crisis of the 1930s and the industrialisation of the valley almost led to its abandonment. In the 1950's, there were only about ten hectares left cultivated in Condrieu, Vérin and Saint-Michel. Maintained all the same by a few passionate winegrowers, including Georges Vernay, the vineyard was reborn in the 1980s. On granite and gneiss soils, the exuberant Viognier is adorned with a subtlety and freshness that is only known here, with the added bonus of a potential for ageing that is far superior to what has long been claimed.