Xavier Gérard Côte Rôtie 2016
$ 140.00 incl. GST
|10% off any 12 bottles.||12 - 120||10 %|
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.
“Crushed granite, smoke and bramble introduce penetrating black-cherry and plum flavors in this piercing Syrah. It’s a powerful, firmly structured wine edged by strikes of zesty acidity and persistent but chalky tannins. Aromatic intensity and complexity should improve with time. Hold till 2022 at least.” 95 points, Anna Lee C. Iijima, Winemag
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.