Domaine Gérard / Condrieu/Côte Rôtie


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.

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  • Xavier Gérard La Côte Chatillon Condrieu 2014

    $ 120.00 incl. GST

    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.


  • Xavier Gérard Condrieu L’Arbuel 2015

    $ 132.00 incl. GST

    From two lieu dits – Marmouzin and and Corbery which meet at the river Arbuel, individually too small to bottle as stand alone wines. These sits are high on the Condrieu hill, and produce a cooler feeling, more mineral, and in Xavier’s words, terroir transparent wine.


  • Xavier Gérard Côte Rôtie La Landonne 2015

    $ 460.00 incl. GST

    From one of the world’s great Shiraz vineyards, this is Xavier’s second separate bottling of the family’s small holding.  Charry and herbaceous, black fruited and granitic, it’s a wine of intense drive and length.  Earthy and spicy with black cherry fruit, leave this as long as you can in the cellar, or if diving in now give it several hours to full day in decanter.

    “Charry and herbaceous, black-fruited and granitic, the nose alone of this wine will enchant. Its pristine black-cherry flavor is mouthwatering yet complex, undulating complexities of violet, fur, earth and spice. Beautiful already it should continue to improve through 2035.”  96 points, Anna Lee C. Iijima, Winemag