DOMAINE GÉRARD CÔTE RÔTIE 2014

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DOMAINE GÉRARD CÔTE RÔTIE 2014

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96% Syrah, 4% Viognier

Majority of fruit is from Mollard (lieu dit) with proportions of La Landonne, Viallière, and Font-Jean (Côte Brune and Côte Blonde, both sides of the hill, the former providing structure and savoury character, the Blonde the aromatic and fresher fruit components).  85% destemmed and aged 24 months in oak, 10% new.  Intense and pure, ultra tight as a young wine, it reveals an architecture of ferrous mineral under dark berry fruits, olive tapenade and smoked deli meats.  Serious and classical in feel, will easily take 15+ years of cellaring.

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Domaine Gérard

Condrieu and Côte Rôtie from a young master

They’ve got the real estate, that’s a given.  Slice of La Landonne, La Côte Chatillon, and Font-Jean contribute to the holdings, as well as vineyards much further afield.  Add “… a young Vigneron who’s making outstanding wines,” (Jeb Dunnick, The Wine Advocate) in Xavier Gérard, and you’ve got a pretty compelling operation.

2013 was a watershed vintage for this address seeing son Xavier Gérard assuming full control of both growing and winemaking.  As with many great family businesses, external experience was encouraged, with Xavier having undertaken vintages in South Africa, USA, Australia and New Zealand; add to this a clear streak of ambition apparent in having purchased his first vineyard at age 20.  Expect an amplified presence of Domaine Gérard in coming years..