Xavier Gerard Condrieu 'Marmouzin' 2014
$49.99 per bottle
If you love traditional wines from the Northern Rhone, we have a producer for you today. If you know Xavier Gerard, go ahead down to the order button. But if you don't that is A-Ok as he is new, though his family Domaine has been around for a long time. If you love the traditional Viognier wines of Georges Vernay and Andre Perret also from Condrieu, or the style of old school Northern Rhone winemakers like Chave, Villard, Gonon, or Jamet then this is a producer you need to know!
The Northern Rhone is one of my favorite regions and one that I am always excited to try something new as the wines from here are always so authentic and original and very infrequently do you see the impacts of larger corporate influences that might otherwise homogenize a good thing!
The tough terrain of hard rock and steep slopes requires the utmost care and backbreaking work to coax the best from these vineyards. My favorite wines from the North will show power and muscle, allied with finesse, and gorgeously complex aromatics that will show the wild savory and spice that are its signature.
35-year-old vines from a 0.3 hectare on granite, meagre soils on south-facing Marmouzin at Condrieu, cool decantation at 10°C, fermented in 12% new, 88% 1-year 600-litre oak casks for 12 months, malo completed, tiny 125 cases production
***(*) JLL - John Livingstone-Learmonth
Yellow colour. Has a mild, curvy pear fruit air, cooked apple and pear skin present, along with nutty aromas. The palate holds elegant gras richness, has a soft and plump apricot flavour, a tender flow. Charming wine that has good definition, fine acidity. There is good juice at the end, small droplets, fine detail and floral notes. From spring 2016. 14°. To 2021
Domaine Xavier Gerard
The estate accesses impressive holdings in Condrieu and Cote-Rotie, with the majority of the vines under estate ownership, though a small component of rented vineyards is also included. Of the 3.5 hectare of AOC Condrieu under their watch, 3 hectare are estate-owned, while 2.2 hectare of the 3.2 hectare of Cote-Rotie vineyards belong to the family. A tiny parcel of Saint Joseph rounds out the holdings. The steep, craggy slopes of the vineyards demand that all work be done manually, and Xavier continues the traditional practices in the cellar, with spontaneous fermentation and classic Northern Rhone elevage, mostly in older barrels of demi-muid size. The estate produces five wines.