2016 Georges Vernay Le Pied de Samson IGP Viognier

2016 Georges Vernay Le Pied de Samson IGP Viognier

2016 Georges Vernay Le Pied de Samson IGP Viognier

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Georges Vernay was instrumental in keeping the Condrieu appellation from extinction. In the 1960s only 8 hectares of vines remained. Since then the Vernay family has worked tirelessly to promote Viognier. Their Condrieu cuvees are from vineyards in the heart of the appellation. On south to southeast facing steep slopes they craft world-class wines.

Le pied de Samson means ‘Samson’s foot’ which is from regional folklore. It tells of the giant Samson who with one foot on either bank of the Rhône bent down to drink. One of these giant footprints remains today and is just a stone’s throw from their estate. The vines are above the hillsides of Condrieu. Originally considered a part of the appellation of Condrieu. It was their altitude at over 300m above sea level that precludes them. The vineyards are maintained in the traditional manner with all treatments made using organic products.

Tasting Note:
The wine is 100 % Viognier from 15 year old vines. Grapes are manually harvested, pressed and settled in tank. Fermentation then takes place in oak vats of 20Hl on fine lees.
This is beautiful. Showing rare restraint with herbal and mineral notes, long on the palate and creamy without being oily, flabby or thick. That is exactly what this wine does, it has the classic flavours of apricot and aloe vera with plenty of intensity. In my opinion, this is a wine to drink.

This wine changes significantly in the glass so serve at cellar temperature, not icy cold.

This is a Dry, Medium+ bodied wine with Medium acidity and No tannin. It is Pronounced in it's intensity with Medium alcohol and a Medium+ finish.

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The Finer Details:

Grape Variety:









Rhone Valley

Oaked or Unoaked:

Old Large Format Oak


I.G.P. Collines Rhodaniennes

Style (R/S):


Aged Before Release:

On Lees Before Bottling


Organic / Sustainable


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