Coteau du Vernon

The Coteau de Vernon is the very heart of the Condrieu appellation and that of our estate and the wine which carries its name offers the most complex and yet subtle expressions of viognier. It is a wine with a restrained exuberance, a quintessential Condrieu.
In its early years it offers great concentration, a strength that dares not reveal itself. It is only after many years in the cellar that it fully and truly expresses itself.

Specifications

Appellation

Condrieu

Root stock

110 Richter

Grape variety

100 % VIOGNIER

Average age of vines

Between 50 and 80 years old.

Vineyard

2 hectares, of south/south east facing granite, biotite terraces situated at the very heart of the Condrieu appellation. The vineyards are situated on steep hillsides rendering the use of machines for their maintenance impossible. They are thus maintained manually without the use of weedkillers or insecticides and with all phytosanitary treatments made using organic products.

Plantation density

8,000/10,000 vines/hectare

Annual production

8 000 to 9 000 bottles

Pruning style

Guyot simple

Harvest

Manually harvested at full maturity (13% - 14%°), the grapes are then loaded & transported to the cellar in cases

Vinification

Pressing is made directly to the full harvest upon reception in the cellar, fermentation of clear juice takes place in barrels after static, temperature controlled must settling

Maturing

In oak barrels (25% new) on fine lees for between 12 and 18 months, with regular stirring of the lees.

Ageing

Best drunk between 2 and 15 years

Crop yield

25 Hl/Ha
Specification sheet (PDF)

Maison Rouge

100% Syrah. This Côte-Rôtie is a delicate, stylish and structured wine. A dark ruby purple, rather full-bodied, this wine has an astounding perfume of dark fruits, oriental spices and smoke. it expresses assertive tannins and is silky and attractive on the palate. It develops sumptuous liquorice and cigar-box tones. Outstanding aging potential.

Specifications

Appellation

Vin De Pays des Collines RhodaniennesCôte Rôtie

Root stock

3309

Grape variety

100 % SYRAH

Average age of vines

50 years old

Vineyard

2 hectares of sandy, granite terraces in the registered plot of ¨Maison Rouge¨. The vines are located in the south of the Côte Rôtie appellation. The vineyards are situated on steep hillsides rendering the use of machines impossible. They are thus maintained manually without the use of weedkillers, and with all phytosanitary treatments made using organic products.

Plantation density

10 000 vines/hectare

Annual production

8 000 bottles

Pruning style

Guyot Simple

Harvest

Manually harvested at full maturity, the grapes are then loaded & transported to the cellar in cases.

Vinification

The grapes are de-stemmed before being placed into oak vats for a fermentation lasting between 3 to 4 weeks.

Maturing

In oak barrels (30% new) for 24 months.

Ageing

Best/Ready to be drunk between 5 and 20 years.

Crop yield

30 to 35 Hl/Ha

Les chaillées de l’enfer

The term “Chaillées” comes from regional dialect meaning ‘rocky’ and is in reference to the dry stone walls that form the terraces of this plot. In times gone by those who traversed the plot would often be heard to say
“On est à l’Enfer” ’ We are in hell’, in reference to the intense heat one would be made to endure owing to the plots south facing exposition and thus this is how “Les Chaillées d’Enfer” ‘ The Terraces of Hell’ comes by its name.
Opulent, full bodied and aromatic this is a remarkably well balanced wine. Drunk well even in its youth, several years of ageing however will allow it to fully reveal its charms.

Specifications

Appellation

Condrieu

Root stock

110 Richter

Grape variety

100% VIOGNIER

Average age of vines

50+ years old, many vines originally planted in 1957

Vineyard

2 hectares, of south/south east facing granite, biotite terraces situated in the heart of the appellation of Condrieu. The vineyards are situated on steep hillsides rendering the use of machines for their maintenance impossible. They are thus maintained manually without the use of weedkillers or insecticides.

Plantation density

Between 8,000 and 10,000 vines/hectare

Annual production

Between 7,000 and 8,000 bottles

Pruning style

Guyot simple

Harvest

Manually harvested at full maturity (13° 14 °), the grapes are then loaded & transported to the cellar in cases

Vinification

Pressing is made directly to the full harvest upon reception. Fermentation of clear juice in barrels of 225l after static, temperature controlled must settling. The fermentation itself takes between 4 to 5 weeks

Maturing

In oak barrels (25% new) on fine lees for between 12 and 18 months, with regular stirring of the lees

Ageing

Best drunk between 2 and 10 years

Crop yield

30 Hl/Ha
Specification sheet (PDF)

Blonde du Seigneur

Cette Côte-Rôtie de style côte blonde, avec 5% de Viognier, associe un côté puissant à des notes très florales. Chaque millésime fait ressortir ses caractéristiques intrinsèques donnant un vin savoureux et élégant. D’une belle robe sombre s’extrait un nez minéral, fumé, avec du fruit noir, de l’olive noire, du poivre toujours rehaussé d’une composante florale. Sa bouche aromatique, avec des tanins bien construits mais lissés, se poursuit dans une belle allonge finale. Un plaisir immédiat qui lentement, au fur et à mesure des années, se prolonge vers l’expression la plus typique de la Syrah issue de Côte-Rôtie.

Specifications

Appellation

Côte-Rôtie

Root stock

3309

Grape variety

95 % SYRAH, 5 % VIOGNIER

Average age of vines

30 ans

Vineyard

Le vignoble très accidenté rend toute mécanisation impossible. Les vignes sont entretenues manuellement. Les traitements sont réalisés avec des produits biologiques

Plantation density

8 000 pieds/hectare

Annual production

15 000 bouteilles

Pruning style

Cordon et Guyot simple

Harvest

Manuelle, à maturité complète en caissettes

Vinification

Vendage éraflée vinifiée en cuves inox thermo régulées. Cuvaison longue de 2 à 3 semaines

Maturing

En barriques 18 mois (25 % de bois neuf)

Ageing

A boire entre 3 et 15 ans
Specification sheet (PDF)

Les terrasses de l’Empire

The Condrieu “Les Terrasses de l’Empire” is an archetypal fruity wine, with an unmistakable fragrance of white peaches and a finesse and an elegance typical of this style. It is a harmonious Condrieu, one of freshness and beautifully balanced aromatic qualities.

Specifications

Appellation

Condrieu

Root stock

110 Richter

Grape variety

100% VIOGNIER

Average age of vines

35 years old

Vineyard

A patchwork of small plots located on the steep hillsides of Condrieu. The vineyards locations render the use of machines for their maintenance impossible. They are thus maintained manually with all treatments made with organic products.

Plantation density

8 000 to 10 000 vines/hectare

Annual production

20 000 bottles

Pruning style

Guyot simple

Harvest

Manually harvested at full maturity (13% - 14 %) the grapes are then loaded & transported to the cellar in cases

Vinification

Pressing is made directly to the full harvest, fermentation then takes place in oak vats of clear juice after static, temperature controlled must settling

Maturing

In oak vats and barrels on fine lees for 8 months.

Ageing

Best drunk between 1 and 7 years

Crop yield

35 Hl/Ha
Specification sheet (PDF)

La dame brune

The mature, 45 year old vines used to produce “La Dame Brune” are planted on granite hillsides in the Saint Joseph appellation. Their maturity gives the wine an exemplary level of minerality. In its youth it has smoothness and a remarkable structure. However it is a wine well suited to aging for several years.
“La Dame Brune” ‘The Dark Lady’ takes her name in reference to our estates owner and wine maker, Christine Vernay who created her upon her arrival at the helm of the estate.

Specifications

Appellation

Saint-Joseph

Root stock

3309

Grape variety

100 % SYRAH

Average age of vines

50 years old.

Vineyard

South facing granite terraces in the parish of Chavannay. The vineyards are situated on steep hillsides rendering the use of machines for their maintenance impossible. They are thus maintained manually without the use of weedkillers, and with all phytosanitary treatments made using organic products.

Plantation density

7,000 vines/hectare

Annual production

1,500 bottles

Pruning style

Cordon de Roya

Harvest

Manually harvested at maturity, the grapes are then loaded & transported to the cellar in cases

Vinification

The grapes are partially de-stemmed and then placed into open barrels for fermentation of between 2 to 3 weeks.

Maturing

In oak (30% new) barrels for 18 months.

Ageing

Best drunk between 3 and 15 years
Specification sheet (PDF)

Terres d’Encre

“Terres d’Encre” is a wine worthy of its name, literally translated as ‘Earth of Ink’ it is produced from vines planted on rich, dark granite terraces in the parish of Chavanay. Dark red in colour and with a bouquet and flavour of dark berry fruits. The mature, 30 year old syrah vines give the wine the fruitiness, spicy structure and body of the grand wines of our estate.

Specifications

Appellation

Saint-Joseph

Root stock

3309

Grape variety

100 % SYRAH

Average age of vines

30 years old

Vineyard

1.5 hectares of south facing granite terraces in the parish of Chavannay. The vineyards are situated on steep hillsides rendering the use of machines for their maintenance impossible. They are thus maintained manually without the use of weedkillers, and with all phytosanitary treatments made using organic products.

Plantation density

7,000 vines/hectare

Annual production

7 000 bottles

Pruning style

Cordon de Royat

Harvest

Manually harvested at maturity, the grapes are then loaded & transported to the cellar in cases.

Vinification

The grapes are first de-stemmed and are then placed into temperature controlled stainless steel vats for a fermentation of between 2 to 3 weeks

Maturing

1 year in oak barrels

Ageing

Best drunk between 3 and 10 years

Crop yield

38 Hl/Ha
Specification sheet (PDF)

Sainte Agathe

This wine coming from deep-rooted mature syrah vines found in the vicinity of the Condrieu appellation, offers a bouquet of red fruits and spices. With a full, fleshy flavour of dark fruits and hints of pepper it is a well balanced, finely crafted wine.

Specifications

Appellation

Côtes du Rhône

Root stock

3309

Grape variety

100 % SYRAH

Average age of vines

40 years old

Vineyard

Exposed south, south-east facing granite terraces. The vineyards are situated on steep hillsides rendering the use of machines impossible. They are thus maintained manually with all phytosanitary treatments made using organic products.

Plantation density

7,000 vines/hectare

Annual production

6,000 bottles

Pruning style

Guyot simple and cordon de Royat

Harvest

Manually harvested at maturity, the grapes are then loaded & transported to the cellar in cases

Vinification

The grapes are de-stemmed before being placed into stainless steel vats for a fermentation lasting between 2 to 3 weeks

Maturing

In oak barrels, without use of new barrels, for 1 year

Ageing

Best drunk between 2 and 10 years
Specification sheet (PDF)

Le pied de Samson

This wine takes its name “Le pied de Samson” ‘Samson’s foot’ from regional folklore, which tells of a giant, Samson who with one foot on either bank of the river Rhône bent down to drink from the river and quench his thirst. One of these giant footprints remains today and is situated just a stone’s throw from our estate. This cuvée presents the viognier in its original form, with expressions of indulgent fruits and freshness.

Specifications

Appellation

Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes

Root stock

110 Richter

Grape variety

100 % VIOGNIER

Average age of vines

15 years old

Vineyard

The vines are located above the hillsides of Condrieu. Originally considered a part of the appellation of Condrieu, due to their altitude being over 300m above sea level they are no longer permitted. The vineyards are maintained in the traditional manner with all treatments made using organic products

Plantation density

6,000 vines/hectare

Annual production

10 000 bottles

Pruning style

Guyot simple

Harvest

Manually harvested at full maturity (12% -13%) the grapes are then then loaded & transported to the cellar in cases

Vinification

Pressing made directly to the full harvest. Upon reception at the cellar. Fermentation then takes place of clear juice in oak vats after static, temperature controlled must settling. The fermentation itself takes between 3 to 4 weeks

Maturing

In oak vats of 20Hl on fine lees

Ageing

Best/Ready to be drunk between 2 and 3 years
Specification sheet (PDF)

Fleurs de Mai

This cuvée comes from mature Syrah vines and offers a degustation very close to that of a Côte-Rôtie. It derives its name “Fleurs de Mai” ‘May Flowers’ from the May Flower peach trees that were long ago found planted on the plot

A wine of deep fragrances, those of black cherries and pepper, game and spices all wrapped around a supple texture. Ripe, fresh and persistant, it is remarkably well balancedwine produced in small, limited quantities.

Specifications

Appellation

Vin De Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes

Root stock

3309

Grape variety

100 % SYRAH

Average age of vines

50 ans

Vineyard

Mature vines planted on the plateau adjacent to the Condrieu appellation

Plantation density

4 000 pieds/hectare

Annual production

6 000 bouteilles

Pruning style

Cordon de Royat

Harvest

Manually harvested at maturity, the grapes are then loaded & transported to the cellar in cases

Vinification

Mature vines planted on the plateau adjacent to the Condrieu appellation.

Maturing

In oak vats for 8 months

Ageing

Best drunk between 2 and 5 years
Specification sheet (PDF)

De Mirbaudie

This red, 100% Syrah wine is made from vines planted at the perimeter of the appellation of Condrieu. It opens itself up with a bouquet of red fruits, blackberries and pepper. Upon tasting it is a wine whose ample flavour, velvety tannins and smoky finale highlight deeper flavours of red fruits and spices.

Specifications

Appellation

Vin De Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes

Root stock

3309

Grape variety

100 % SYRAH

Average age of vines

20 years old

Vineyard

Situated on the plateau adjacent to the young vineyards of the appellation of Condrieu.

Plantation density

4 000 vines/hectare

Annual production

10 000 bottles

Pruning style

Guyot Simple

Harvest

Manually harvested at maturity, the grapes are then loaded & transported to the cellar in cases.

Vinification

The grapes are first de-stemmed and then placed into temperature controlled stainless steel vats for a fermentation of between 2 to 3 weeks.

Maturing

In stainless steels vats.

Ageing

Best drunk between 2 to 3 years.
Specification sheet (PDF)
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