DOMAINE GÉRARD LA CÔTE CHATILLON CONDRIEU 2014

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DOMAINE GÉRARD LA CÔTE CHATILLON CONDRIEU 2014

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La Côte Chatillon is a lieu dit at the top of the Condrieu hill.  Edition 2014 is utterly captivating, oddly un-Viognier like, drinking in more ways like a top flight Chassagne.  Peach flesh, nectarine, citrus and some oatmeal character make up its densely packed palate, with dustings of spice and fresh ginger powdering the lengthy finish.  Pure, seductive, captivating, and certainly in the same class as great white Burgundy for refinement.

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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..