Domaine Gérard / Condrieu/Côte Rôtie

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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 Gerard Saint Joseph rouge 2017

    $ 89.00 incl. GST

    Syrah from a north-east facing block by the village of Chavanay.  A late ripening site raising deep, dark fruit and a peppery nose.  2016 sees this at the riper and richer spectrum of the village’s style.  Blue fruits, peppercorn, masterstock, cured and roasted meats, the shame here is the tiny allocation!

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  • Domaine Gérard Côte Rôtie 2014

    $ 129.00 incl. GST

    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 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.

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  • Domaine Gérard La Côte Chatillon Condrieu 2014

    $ 137.50 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.

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  • Domaine Gérard Côte Rôtie 2016

    $ 140.00 incl. GST

    96% Syrah, 4% Viognier, mostly Mollard lieu-dit with fruit from both the Côte Brune and Côte Blonde sides of the hill. A smokin’ release, the more elegant offspring of the hyped 2015. Delivers amazing line, length and persistence, an abundance of savoury black fruits woven with olive tapenade and a firm though not stern mineral spine. Will reward cellaring time of course though ready to go with a good decant. Certainly more classical in style and an exercise in restrained power.

     

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