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Condrieu Les Chaillées de l'Enfer, Georges Vernay (magnum) - 2022

  • Provenance: Northern Côtes du Rhône
  • Appellation: Condrieu
  • Domain: Georges Vernay
  • Grape variety(ies): Viognier
  • On-call time: 25 years
  • Alcohol degree: 14%
It is said that when walking through this terrifyingly steep plot of land, the old-timers always exclaimed: "we're in Hell"! Aromatic and full-bodied, this wine always has a remarkable balance, with an explosion of flavours (pepper, dried flowers, pomelo, and kneaded accents, like the greatest Rieslings) on the palate, which give it a great deal of energy. A real "granite juice", its breed is dazzling!
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Average age of the vines: 50 years. 2 hectares of terraced vineyards facing south and south-east on biotite granite soil in Condrieu, the heart of the appellation. The very uneven vineyard makes mechanisation impossible. The vines are maintained manually and treatments are carried out with organic products. 8,000 to 10,000 vines/hectare. 7,000 to 8,000 bottles. Single Guyot pruning.


Harvested by hand, at full maturity (13-14°) in boxes. Direct pressing of whole grapes. Fermentation of the clear juice after static settling with temperature control in 225 l barrels for 4/5 weeks. Aged in barrels on fine lees for 12 to 18 months (25% new wood) with stirring.

Suggestions for accompaniment

Vegetable flan with fresh goat's cheese - Poached monkfish in a verbena-flavoured broth - Bean salad with basil and lardons

The Vernay estate has left its mark on the history of Rhône-Alpes winegrowing, by saving the Condrieu appellation from extinction at the beginning of the last century. Three generations have contributed to building its legend, including the famous Georges of course, and for some years now his daughter Christine, assisted in her task by her partner Paul Amsellem, her brother Luc and now her daughter Emma.Aware of its place and responsibility, the estate continues its work to preserve the fauna and flora. It is now certified as an organic estate. The very uneven vineyard makes mechanisation impossible, so the vines are maintained manually or with a caterpillar.If Georges has largely contributed to making the estate known for its Condrieu wines, Christine has quite simply revolutionised the style of the estate's reds. Not only has the range of Syrahs been positively enlarged, with IGP, Saint-Joseph terroirs and of course Côtes-Rôties, but the level has jumped to the top of the list of references in the region!

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