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2010 Domaine Georges Vernay Condrieu Les Terrasses de l'Empire
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2012

Light gold.  Citrus zest, nectarine, jasmine and chalky mineral aromas show impressive clarity and vibrancy.  Intensely flavored, sharply delineated orange and pit fruit flavors are complemented by notes of candied ginger and white pepper, which adds closing bite.  Impressively pure and balanced to age, but it's awfully delicious now.


93 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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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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