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" A Saint-Joseph that is representative of the quality of the terroir and the work of the Georges Vernay domaine! Sensuality & minerality"
Tasting notes: La Dame Brune, a wine produced from mature 45-year old vines planted on the granite slopes of Saint-Joseph, presents an exemplary minerality combined with the most beautiful Syrah notes of dark fruits, spices, pepper and black olives. In its youth it has smoothness and a remarkable structure, this is a wine that can be enjoyed for its balance and uniqueness, which extends the pleasure…
Domaine Georges Vernay is one of the oldest and most famous estates in Condrieu. Georges highly contributed to the reintroduction of Viognier on the hillsides of the region when in 1960’s the appellation used to cover only 8 hectares.
Today the domaine is managed by Georges’ daughter Christine and her husband Paul. The vineyard covers 8 hectares in Condrieu, 2.5 hectares in Côte-Rôtie and 1.5 hectares in Saint-Joseph and the rest being located in IGP Collines Rhôdaniennes and Côtes-du-Rhône. Their Condrieu are made from vineyards in the heart of the appellation and all express the purest; most restrained expression of the Viognier grape.
For over 20 years, Christine Vernay has used organic farming methods. Considering herself as the custodian of a land for which she is responsible for caring, she has long been committed to organic farming, long before it was fashionable or urgent to do so. She has now successfully demonstrated that, while it is difficult to work the steeply sloping vineyards using organic farming, it is not impossible.
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