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2007 Domaine Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2010

($125) Light gold. Pungent, expansive aromas of melon, apricot, tarragon and violet, plus a strong overlay of minerals. Deeply concentrated pit fruit and floral flavors convey a red wine-like texture and power, with notes of licorice and mint gaining strength with air. For a rich, fleshy wine this is surprisingly lithe and precise. The extremely persistent finish repeats the floral and herbal notes and leaves a suggestion of honey behind. Vernay suggests serving this with "the richest shellfish dish you think you can make."

94 Points | Wine Spectator

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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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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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