Daily Wine 7/22/17:
Domaine Georges Vernay – Le Pied de Samson – Viognier – IGP Collines Rhodaniennes – 2014
- This wine is 100% Viognier from the northern Rhone Valley of France just outside the border of Condrieu.
- “Le Pied de Samson” translates to “Samson’s foot” and derives from a folklore about a giant, Samson, who bent down to the river to have a drink. The vineyard is said to be a lasting footprint.
- When establishing the laws for the production in Condrieu, Georges Vernay placed a limit on the altitude permitted under the appellation. This vineyard lies at over 300m above sea level, so it cannot be included in the appellation.
- Vines are an average of 20 years old and about 10,000 bottles are produced annually.
- Fermentation takes place in oak vats after static, temperature controlled must settling.
- Aging takes place in 20hl oak vats on fine lees and the wine is intended for youthful consumption.
- Georges Vernay is a pioneer in the renewal of the Condrieu appellation and helped save Viognier from extinction.
- Christine Verney, his daughter, is taking over the production.
- Pair this with fish, shellfish, and salads.