Georges Vernay

A pioneer in the renewal of the Condrieu appellation, Domaine Georges Vernay has always made wines of unique style, notable for their finesse, elegance and harmony. The property has become a major emblem of Rhone Valley winegrowing, from the time when Georges Vernay saved the Condrieu appellation to the international awards earned by Christine Vernay’s Côte-Rôtie. Three generations have left the mark of the philosophy on the estate, while perpetuating its traditions in the greatest respect for both vines and winegrowers.

Philosophy

Arts, culture and wine

Working the vines and making good wine is a long tradition in the Rhone Valley. This history, going back almost 2,000 years, still substantially influences the estate’s philosophy. Each wine bears a part of this heritage, especially the Condrieu “Terrasses de l’Empire” whose name echoes the time when the Rhone was a frontier between the Holy Roman Empire and the Kingdom of France. Christine Vernay and her husband Paul Amsellem, both lovers of jazz and classical music, bring people together around wine and music through a major biannual event held at their property, with international artists. Wine and music create unique moments. Both of them symbolise sharing; both of them are arts that draw people and civilizations together. Domaine Georges Vernay imparts these values into every wine it produces.

Respect for Nature

The family home is an imposing 19th century building at the foot of the Coteau de Vernon, built by architect Dardelle, himself a nature-lover and aficionado of painting; Vernon represents the very spirit of the winegrowing estate. In a natural setting that has preserved its wild state, it has lived some of the dramatic moments of winegrowing. Here as elsewhere, Nature has always ended by asserting its rights, yet the estate’s attachment to this Nature is a source of inspiration in creating great wines. At Domaine Georges Vernay, this respect for Nature is apparent in the deep understanding of the past and the full knowledge of the techniques our forebears used; the writings of many generations are essential in both the vineyard and the winery. Similarly, while striving to constantly improve quality, the grapes are treated using methods that respects both flora and fauna. The very hilly vineyard makes mechanisation impossible, so the vines are maintained by hand and without use of residual weed killers or insecticides.

Création et Innovation

At Domaine Georges Vernay, wine-making is a constant quest for perfection; every year the working methods are reviewed, and every year, for three generations, the estate strives to define each vintage as finely as possible.

This ceaseless effort starts with the vines: innovation is called for in the quest for ever-higher quality and purity of expression of the wines. A complete understanding of each parcel of land and each vine is important in this approach. Christine Vernay regularly walks the vineyard; empirical analysis inspires the winery work with every new vintage. After this study comes the tasting in the winery, to better feel and understand the wine that will be available in several months. Color, aromas…every single aspect the wine slowly reveals has a meaning which must be interpreted. This cycle of research and innovation is never-ending and has been perpetuated on the estate for three generations.

Georges Vernay
Viognier "Le Pied de Samson" 2016
Article code F48B001
€31,50
in stock
Dry and round
Georges Vernay
Viognier "Le Pied de Samson" 2016
Dry and round
€31,50
Georges Vernay
Fleurs de Mai 2016
Article code F48E006
€24,95
in stock
fruit with body
Georges Vernay
Fleurs de Mai 2016
fruit with body
€24,95
Georges Vernay
La Dame Brune 2014
Article code F48E009
€74,95
in stock
fruit with body
Georges Vernay
La Dame Brune 2014
fruit with body
€74,95
Georges Vernay
Terres d'Encre 2016
Article code F48E008
€39,95
in stock
fruit with body
Georges Vernay
Terres d'Encre 2016
fruit with body
€39,95
Georges Vernay
Sainte Agathe 2016
Article code F48E007
€29,95
in stock
fruit with body
Georges Vernay
Sainte Agathe 2016
fruit with body
€29,95
Georges Vernay
Maison Rouge 2014
Article code F48E011
€135,00
in stock
concentratie aging on wood
Georges Vernay
Maison Rouge 2014
concentratie aging on wood
€135,00
Georges Vernay
Blonde du Seigneur 2015
Article code F48E010
€74,95
in stock
concentratie aging on wood
Georges Vernay
Blonde du Seigneur 2015
concentratie aging on wood
€74,95
Georges Vernay
Condrieu Coteau de Vernon 2016
Article code F48B005
€129,95
in stock
Dry aged in 2 year olden barrels
Georges Vernay
Condrieu Coteau de Vernon 2016
Dry aged in 2 year olden barrels
€129,95
Georges Vernay
Condrieu "Les Chaillees de l'Enfer" 2016
Article code F48B004
€99,95
in stock
Dry vatgerijpt in 2jr ouden vaten
Georges Vernay
Condrieu "Les Chaillees de l'Enfer" 2016
Dry vatgerijpt in 2jr ouden vaten
€99,95
Georges Vernay
1/2 fles Condrieu "Les Terrasses de l'Empire' 2015
Article code F48B003
€39,95
in stock
Dry vatgerijpt in 2jr ouden vaten
Georges Vernay
1/2 fles Condrieu "Les Terrasses de l'Empire' 2015
Dry vatgerijpt in 2jr ouden vaten
€39,95
Georges Vernay
Condrieu "Les Terrasses de l'Empire' 2016
Article code F48B002
€74,95
in stock
Dry, ripening of wine in 2 year old wood
Georges Vernay
Condrieu "Les Terrasses de l'Empire' 2016
Dry, ripening of wine in 2 year old wood
€74,95