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2011 Domaine Georges Vernay Condrieu Les Terrasses de l'Empire
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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2013

Pale yellow.  Pungent citrus fruits, pear, minerals, white flowers and white pepper on the nose, which shows impressive purity.  Densely packed but lithe and precise, offering intense lemon curd and pear skin flavors and a suave touch of honeydew.  A long, vibrant finish features notes of citrus zest and dusty minerals. The 2010 version of this wine, which I underrated at 92 points last year, is showing extremely well today, with a firm spine of minerality and excellent focus.

91 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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