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2017 Georges Vernay "Les Chaillées de l'Enfer" Condrieu (Elsewhere $120)

SKU #1469058 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2017 Condrieu Chaillees De L'Enfer comes from a hillside just next to Coteau de Vernon and was first made in 1992. It's brought up exactly like the Coteau de Vernon, so the difference (and there are always differences between the two wines) are all due to terroir. Stunning notes of ripe citrus, orange pith, spice, and floral notes all emerge from the glass, and this medium to full-bodied Condrieu has good acidity, a vibrant, elegant texture, and a great finish. It's not a blockbuster, but this estate made sure to hold onto a sense of freshness and purity in both their 2017s and 2018s. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Richly layered, with vivid fennel, white peach, apricot and Jonagold apple flavors stitched seamlessly together, ending with sparkles of jasmine and acacia on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 550 cases made, 60 cases imported. (JM) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This has a rich and ripe apricot nose with lightly toasted almonds and a ripe, fresh-peach feel. The palate has a very supple, rich and smooth build of ripe orchard fruit. Super attractive and fleshy. Drink now. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Condrieu les Chaillees de l'Enfer offers up unusually subdued aromas of apricot and citrus. It's a reined-in vintage, showing ample tension on the medium to full-bodied palate and finishing velvety, with hints of crushed stone and pencil oak. Like the other 2017s from Vernay, it's about balance and focus more than flamboyance or power. (JC) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

K&L Notes

One of the most iconic estates in the Northern Rhône, Christine Vernay took over the property some twenty years ago from her father (who saved the Condrieu appellation) and grandfather who created the estate. Now certified organic, they make some of the best wines the region has to offer. The "Chaillees de l'Enfer" is from the original center of the appellation. From average age 50 year vines, this is the mineral driven and saline focused wine in the portfolio. All fruit is hand-harvested and direct pressed from whole-clusters. The wine is barrel fermented and then aged for 12 to 18 months in barrique, 25% new. This is a long-lived Condrieu with classic notes of apricot, white peaches, pear, ginger and white flowers. It is pure and classy stuff!

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/24/2020 | Send Email
Youthful and vibrant, this is the most tight of our recent dip into the Vernay past. A quick decant for drinking now, or give it a couple more years and be blow away!

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