DOMAINE GÉRARD IGP COLLINES RHODANNIENNES VIOGNIER 2015

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DOMAINE GÉRARD IGP COLLINES RHODANNIENNES VIOGNIER 2015

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From Xavier's own vineyard, his first purchased, when he was 20 years old.  A stern and serious style of Viognier – stone and rind characters provide a balancing nutty bitterness to savoury apricot fruit and spears of ginger.  A rich and powerful wine which demands attention, and somehow navigates the tricky balance of reining Viognier's luxurious perfume around its potential to be overly oily or delicate. 

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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..