2016 Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de l’Empire

2016 Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de l’Empire


The entry level Condrieu, like all of the Viognier wines here, is a star of its class and a testament to why one can say: in Viognier, there’s Vernay, and then there’s everyone else….I think of this as the 1er cru of the range. In capturing the elusive balance of fruit charm meets weightless perfume, with good backend minerality and creeper length….a friend wrote me two days ago while drinking the 2012 rendition, commenting, “Perfection”. The 2016s promise to be wonderfully balanced due to the long, cool end of season allowing for optimal ripeness while preserving acidity……

“Always the first to be bottled, the 2015 Condrieu les Terrasses de L’Empire is the largest production Condrieu and it spends eight months in barrel. It’s a bigger, richer wine than the Pied du Samson, yet is still fresh and lively, with perfumed notes of crisp white peach, white flowers, mint and a touch of honeyed minerality. Clean and focused on the palate, with integrated acidity and a great finish, it should be drunk over the coming 4-5 years.” 93 Jeb Dunnuck for the 2015, NOT THE 2016 OFFERED HERE


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