Georges Vernay's 2012 Chaillées de l'Enfer is named after the south-facing rugged parcels that constitues the vineyard. In fact, travellers who crossed the hot terraced plantings use to shout: On est à l'Enfer! (We are at Hell!) The 2012 Chaillées de l'Enfer is matured on fine lees for 12 to 18 month with 25% new wood and stirring. All these elements combined yielded a delicate, balanced, and elegant Condrieu.The nose is intense and forward with the distinctive salty minerals from old vines. The palate is fruity, with litchi notes and a persistent finish.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
A smaller production release that comes from the steep slope just to the south of where the Terrasses de l'Empire comes from, the 2012 Condrieu Les Chaillées de l'Enfer has terrific tangerine, citrus blossom, brioche and subtle apricot aromas and flavors. From vines planted in 1957, and aged 12 months in 25% new French oak, it's a medium to full-bodied, vibrant, gorgeously pure effort to drink over the coming 2-3 years. Of the three releases, this is the most classic.