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2005 Domaine Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon (half bottle)
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2007

($100) Pale gold. Explosively aromatic nose combines intense peach, apricot pit and musky yellow plum scents and a high-pitched mineral element. Very fresh and energetic on the palate, showing pure peach and mirabelle flavors along with a tangy minerality. This builds in flavor intensity with aeration without loss of focus or nerve. The finish is extremely long. Christine Vernay suggests serving young Condrieu with foie gras or fish, or holding it for a decade and serving it with truffled dishes.

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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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