Domaine Georges Vernay - Cote Rotie - "Maison Rouge" - red - 2015 - 1500 ml

Domaine Georges Vernay - Cote Rotie - "Maison Rouge" - red - 2015 - 1500 ml

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“The firm, tannic 2015 Côte-Rôtie Maison Rouge needs another 4-5 years of cellaring. Right now, this medium to full-bodied wine is closed and cedary, showing its 30% new oak, but there's great depth of cherry fruit lurking at its core, waiting to blossom. The potential is clear in the wine's long, silky-textured finish, which picks up hints of fruit and espresso as it lingers.” The Wine Advocate, 94pts


“Glass-staining ruby. Ripe black and blue fruits, candied flowers and peppery spices on the deeply perfumed nose, with a vibrant mineral overtone adding lift. Weighty, sweet and seamless in texture, offering powerful boysenberry, cherry liqueur, violet pastille and spicecake flavors that tighten up slowly with air. Powerful yet lively as well, showing solid finishing thrust and mounting tannins shaping the extremely long, blue fruit-driven finish.” Vinous, 94pts



Far removed from the plump, languid Viogniers from less unique terroirs, Domaine Georges Vernay’s three Condrieu, remain quite unlike any other wine produced in the world. Made from tiny yields on incredibly steep granite terraces, they are not cheap, but then nor should they be. They come from one of the most challenging – and expensive to manage – vineyard areas in the world, and they are benchmark examples. In the firmament of great white wine, these are counted amongst the very best.

Befitting the civility and studious nature of this Domaine, it is appropriate that their measured evolution from a great grower in the Northern Rhône into one of the greatest growers in France has been understated. At Domaine Georges Vernay, authenticity comes in the form of old vines, low yields and the mantra of ‘minimal intervention’. We could fill pages with the recent critical success that winemaker Christine Vernay and her wines have achieved over the past few years. This is actually quite scary considering that even a few years back it didn’t seem possible for their wines to get much better. And yet, that is exactly what has happened.

Christine Vernay’s received the “Wine Person of the Year 2012” award from the two leading French wine critics, Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve. In their new guide, 2012 Le Grand Guide des Vins de France, Vernay was elevated to the top “5 Star” rating. Vernay joins a clique of only 30 French Estates - that includes Domaine de la Romanee Conti, Ausone, Latour, Margaux, Lafite Rothschild and Yquem. It’s also worth noting that Vernay probably is the most artisanal of these and is also one of the few family-owned Domaines in this class. It’s an incredible achievement, yet for those insiders familiar with the wines, it’s an achievement that will not surprise.


 Country: France

 Region: Rhone Valley

 Producer: Christine Vernay

 Grape: 100% Syrah

 Colour: Red

Sweetness: Dry