DOMAINE GÉRARD 'LA MONTEE D'AUTRICIENS' GAMAY 2016

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DOMAINE GÉRARD 'LA MONTEE D'AUTRICIENS' GAMAY 2016

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Gamay grown just south of Beaujolais and just north of the Rhône Valley, so no classification here, just plain ol' Vin de France. It's a pretty unique beast and certainly at the more structured end of Gamay; retains the melting, pretty blue fruits of the variety over sharply etched tannins. Typically a style benefiting from food, a short stint in the cellar, or both!

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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..