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Côte Rôtie Blonde du Seigneur, Georges Vernay - 2021

  • Provenance: Northern Côtes du Rhône
  • Appellation: Côte-Rôtie
  • Domain: Georges Vernay
  • Grape variety(ies): Syrah avec 5 à 10 % de viognier
  • On-call time: 20 years
  • Alcohol degree: 13%
Produced from great terroirs in the heart and south of Côte-Rôtie, this little-known cuvée is a paragon of fine, fragrant Syrah: aromas of ripe exotic fruit (citrus, mango), suggesting very ripe fruit. Very fine, finely woven tannins give the wine a sensual texture and body. A deep, languorous wine, underlined by top-class ageing! Wine Advocate : 95/100
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Viticulture

Average age of the vines: 30 years. The very uneven vineyard makes mechanisation impossible. The vines are maintained manually. Treatments are carried out with organic products. 8'000 vines/hectare. 15'000 bottles. Cordon and simple Guyot pruning.

Oenology

Harvested by hand, when fully ripe, in small boxes. Destemmed harvest vinified in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats. Long vatting period of 2 to 3 weeks. In barrels for 18 months (25% new wood).

Suggestions for accompaniment

Pheasant hen with chestnuts and white truffle • Mignons of venison.

Domain
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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