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1999 Domaine Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon
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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2002

($65) Warmer on the nose than the Chaillees de l'Enfer, with a distinct mineral component brightening the apricot fruit. Thick, nutty and very rich, with the wine's impressive structure buffering the impression of sweet, ripe fruit. Very long and firm on the back end. This really needs a year or two of additional bottle aging, and should age well. I've never yet tasted viognier with this combination of mineral character, fruit aromas and sheer structure and grip outside Condrieu.

84 Points | Wine Spectator
94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Condrieu

The finest rendition of Viognier comes from the small Rhone Valley appellation of Condrieu, where the best wines from steep, granite-rich slopes show an exotic perfume of peach, apricot, pear, spring flowers, and honeysuckle; a rich but normally dry middle palate; and an overall sense of delicacy. A growing number of wines are being made with substantial residual sugar, but the trend to increasing...
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Viognier

Emerging from the tiny appellation of Condrieu in the northern Rhone, Viognier has become a rising star in California vineyards, as our American palates have evolved to appreciate more aromatic white wines. Still, the most desired bottlings of Viognier continue to come from Condrieu, a region just south of the city of Lyon. Centuries of cultivation here have taught producers how to...
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