2017 Georges Vernay Syrah "Fleurs de Mai" Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes

SKU #1412125 91 points Wine Spectator

 Violet and lilac notes glisten atop the cassis fruit. A sleek iron spine is inlaid deeply through the finish. Very pure, with a long echo of savory. Drink now through 2026.  (5/2019)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Moving to the reds, the 2017 IGP Collines Rhodaniennes Fleurs de Mai comes from very old Syrah vines planted by George Vernay on the upper plateau. Prior to being planted to vines, the vineyard was a peach orchard, and Fleurs de Mai references a variety of peach. This medium ruby-colored effort gives up plenty of exotic, peppery, almost tropical notes as well as blackberry and black raspberry fruits, medium body, fine tannins, and a sexy, incredibly gulpable style. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years. At the top of the hierarchy of Condrieu, Domaine Vernay has been run by Christine Vernay since 1997, when she took over from her father, George Vernay. These wines go from strength to strength, and today she fashions an IGP Viognier, three Condrieu, an IGP Syrah, a handful Saint Joseph, and two Côte Rôties. The majority of the 2015s were reviewed last year, so this report focuses primarily on her 2016s. Christine commented that the vintage started slowly with a rainy, cold spring, but quickly warmed going into summer and early fall, with beautiful weather at the end of the year. I was able to taste two 2017s, and while a hot, more challenging vintage, she appears to have handled the year with ease, and the wines are upfront, perfumed, and sexy, yet also pure.  (12/2018)

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