2017 domaine georges vernay, condrieu, les chaillees l'enfer
Why We're Buying
Domaine Georges Vernay Condrieu Les Chaillées L'Enfer shows extraordinary restraint. The pinot noir comes through with focus and direction, instead of flashing a flamboyant personality. The result is an ultra-attractive red wine with lengthy aging potential.
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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.