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2017 Georges Vernay "Blonde du Seigneur" Côte-Rôtie (Elsewhere $90)

SKU #1469067 95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Dark, glistening violet. Intensely perfumed, mineral-accented aromas of black raspberry and boysenberry, joined by exotic spice, potpourri and incense nuances that build with air. Energetic and focused on the palate, offering lithe, precise red and dark berry liqueur and violet pastille flavors and hints of star anise and cracked pepper. The floral note carries powerfully through a strikingly long finish, which features resonating red fruit and mineral notes and suave, well-judged tannins. This wine's elegant character is quite something, especially in the context of a hot vintage. One-third whole clusters and 25% new oak. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Blended with 5% Viognier and from three lieu-dits, all from the south, the 2017 Côte Rôtie Blonde Du Seigneur still has quite a punch with its beautiful black raspberries, smoked earth, spice, and flower-driven aromas and flavors. Rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, and elegant, it's slightly tight and closed and will be better in 2-3 years of bottle age. (JD) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

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 beautiful elegant expression, it is enjoyable now and will evolve for a decade or more.

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