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Domaine Vernay 2016 "Le Pied de Samson" Viognier, VDP des Collines Rhodanienne, Rhône Valley

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Domaine Vernay 2016 "Le Pied de Samson" Viognier, VDP des Collines Rhodanienne, Rhône Valley

This historic estate sits in the heart of the Northern Rhone, known most famously for the family's preservation of the Viognier grape, and the proliferation of world-class white wines from the area. Today, the third generation of Vernay leads the estate; Christine has maintained the elegance and complexity of the white wines that have made the family world-famous, but has also brought further acclaim to the Domaine with the production of her Syrah-based red wines. 

Farming: Organic

Winemaker/Chef du Cave: Christine Vernay

Grape Varieties: 100% Viognier

Terroir: The vines of Domaine Georges Vernay 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. Soils consist of mica, schist, granite and clay.

Vinification/Oak Usage: Pressing made directly after harvest is completed, 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. Élevage in oak vats of 20hl on fine lees


In 1940, the appellation was officially created thanks in large part to  the help and efforts of Francis Vernay. In later years, his son George  would play a key role in restricting the geographical boundaries of  Condrieu to include only the best hillside vineyards, even robbing  himself of the appellation for some of his vineyards on the plateau  above. Domaine Georges Vernay came to be regarded as one of the  reference standards in Condrieu for decades with George at the helm,  but when he retired in the early 1990s there was uncertainty as to this  famous domaine’s future. Finally, after a few years adrift, George’s  daughter Christine returned home in 1997 to assume control and under her  the domaine has flourished even more. She has brought an even greater  level of refinement to the wines and has also brought more focus on the  estate’s reds bringing them up to a world class level.

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 the Vernay estate. This cuvée presents the viognier in its original form, with expressions of indulgent fruits and freshness.

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