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Domaine Georges Vernay Les Chaillées de L'Enfer Condrieu

Domaine Georges Vernay
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Wine Type
White Still Wine
RegionRhone
Alcohol Level
Country
France
SubregionCondrieu
Drinking Window
GrapesViognier
Wine Description:
Domaine Georges Vernay Les Chaillées de L'Enfer Condrieu is a remarkable white wine crafted in the Condrieu appellation of France's Northern Rhône Valley. Known for the exclusive use of the Viognier grape variety, the wine is a testament to the mastery of the Vernay family, who have been instrumental in elevating the reputation of Condrieu wines. The "Les Chaillées de L'Enfer" vineyard offers an extraordinary terroir, enriched by steep slopes and granitic soils. This unique environment imparts a rich minerality and complexity to the wine. Traditional winemaking methods, including fermentation in oak barrels, add layers of depth. The resulting wine offers a compelling blend of floral aromas, stone fruits, and a hint of exotic spice. Read more
Pros:
  • Intense and complex aromas of apricot, peach, and honeysuckle
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Cons:
  • May be too rich and full-bodied for those who prefer lighter wines
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User Rating:

4.6
Highly Reviewed

Expert Rating:

4.5

Wine Expert Note:

Opening a bottle of Domaine Georges Vernay Les Chaillées de L'Enfer Condrieu is like stepping into a fragrant orchard. The nose explodes with notes of ripe peach, apricot, and delicate hints of white flowers, such as jasmine and lily. On the palate, it's a harmonious play of luscious stone fruits and citrusy undertones that keep the richness in check. There's a light kiss of oak that adds a layer of vanilla and creaminess to the texture. However, what truly captivates is the wine's stellar balance between opulence and minerality, a signature trait of top Condrieu. The finish is impressively long, leaving a trail of tropical fruit and mineral freshness that beckons you for another sip. Ideal for a special gathering or a serene evening. Read more
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The alcohol level in wine is a measure of the amount of alcohol present in the beverage. The degree of heat or ‘burn’ at the back of the throat is roughly proportional to the amount of alcohol consumed. It ranges from Very Low to Very High.
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Wine intensity is a measure of the concentration of flavor and aroma compounds in a wine.The stronger and more noticeable the flavors and aromas are, the higher the intensity of the wine. Intensity in wine can range from neutral (not particularly intense) to pronounced (high intensity).
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Wine body refers to the weight and texture of wine on the palate. In other words, it is the degree of body a wine has, ranging from light-bodied to full-bodied. Wines with higher body appear to have a thicker texture and can sometimes coat the palate.
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Wine acidity refers to the tartness of a wine, which gives a tingling sensation on the side of the tongue. A metallic-like sharp taste is also associated with high acidity. Sometimes a high level of sweetness, such as in luscious dessert wines, can disguise a high level of acidity. Acidity can range from soft to searing.
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Wine tannin gives wine its textural mouthfeel and astringency. Tannin is a natural compound found in grape skins, seeds, and stems. It contributes to the structure and helps to balance out the sweetness of the fruit. Tannins are usually discussed when it comes to red wines, even though some white and rosé wines with certain wine making techniques can also contain tannins.
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