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2016 Georges Vernay "Blonde du Seigneur" Côte-Rôtie (Elsewhere $85)

SKU #1469066 94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Dark purple. Bright and energetic on the nose, displaying spice- and mineral-tinged dark berry, cherry and floral scents that pick up smoke and cracked pepper nuances as the wine opens up. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering sweet black raspberry, cherry liqueur and violet pastille flavors and a hint of salty olive. Fine-grained tannins add grip to an impressively long, lively finish that echoes the floral and cherry notes. (JR) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Vernay's 2016 Cote Rotie Blonde du Seigneur has 5% Viognier and spent 18 months in 30% new oak. It's a lovely wine, brimming with perfumes of violets, roses and jasmine, plus plenty of raspberry fruit, all framed by hints of pencil shavings. It's medium to full-bodied yet with a delicately silky texture and ample freshness on the long finish. (JC) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Enticing blackberry and raspberry fruit flavors are melded together with singed savory, dark olive and fresh bay accents in this lovely red, which has a sleek feel through the finish, with just a light gilding of toast to add range. Drink now through 2030. 650 cases made, 120 cases imported. (JM) Inner quote mark (5/2019)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The only 2016 Côte Rôtie bottled, the 2016 Côte Rôtie Blonde du Seigneur incorporates 5% Viognier and spent 18 months in barrel and foudre, with just a small part being new. It offers beautiful red and black berry fruits intermixed with notions of smoked meats, spice, and mint. This elegant, seamless 2016 is impeccably balanced and will keep for 7-8 years, probably longer. Inner quote mark (12/2018)

K&L Notes

One of the most iconic estates in the Northern Rhone, 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 "Blonde du Seigneur" is composed of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier from manually harvested and destemmed grapes. After fermentation, it is aged for 18 months in barrel, 25% approximately new wood. A beautifully elegant expression, it is enjoyable now and will evolve for a decade or more.

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