96% Syrah, 4% Viognier.  SOLD OUT

When I first visited Domaine Gérard in 2015, Xavier already knew this harvest would be something special: "The old dudes in the Valley are saying this is the best vintage since 1947," were his words.  Reviewed by Decanter Magazine as follows with a formidable 97 points:

"Immediate, ripe forest berry fruits spring from the glass and unfurl onto a rich palate with good concentration and smooth tannins.  It is complex and glossy yet elegant with a fresh finish." Gearoid Devaney MS

"Classicism in every sense: gently reticent at first then a linear palate emerges, garlanded by red fruit and finely powdered tannins.  There is quite an assertive undertow presaging an illustrious evolution." Simon Field MW

"Just 4% Viognier, but it makes itself known on the nose with a touch of stone fruit among the berries.  Soft, ripe, yielding palate, but also concentrated and long, with fine tannins and brisk acidity leading to a long finish.  Intense yet easygoing style – very easy to love." Matt Walls


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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..