Cote-Rotie, Northern Rhone
Domaine Xavier Gerard
$64.99 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. This little wine has up to 15% LaLandonne in it which is one of the single-vineyard "LaLa's" from Guigal. If you love the traditional Cote-Rotie of Jamet and Bernard Levet (Xavier's mentor), or the style of old school Northern Rhone winemakers like Chave or Gonon then this is a producer you need to know!
93 Vinous (Josh Reynolds)
Deep bright-hued magenta. Mineral-accented blackberry, cherry, olive paste and violet aromas pick up mineral and smoked meat flourishes as the wine opens up. Shows very good energy on the palate, offering sappy, spice-tinged black and blue fruit flavors and hints of floral pastilles, licorice and cracked pepper. The floral note carries through a youthfully chewy and persistent finish, which leaves a vibrant mineral note behind.
95-100% Syrah (1925, 1970s, 1981-85), 0-5% Viognier (all on east part, rising sun, of Mollard), combines northern and southern sectors is 50% Le Mollard, 20% Fongeant, 15% La Viaillière, 15% La Landonne, 80-85% destemmed, 2-3 day cool maceration at 10-12°C, 3 week vinification, cap punchings, a little pumping over, aged 65% large oak fermenting barrel (new in 2006), 35% 550-litre and new 228-litre oak casks 12 months, then 228-litre 1-6 year casks (total 15-20% new oak in the final wine) 12 months, unfined (since 2013), unfiltered (since 2013), the only Côte-Rôtie until 2013, 9-15,500 bottles
**** JLL - John Livingstone-Learmonthdark red; this has a violet-infused raspberry bouquet, a touch of licorice. The palate presents soft, squeezy red-fruited content, lovely tasty tannins. It’s very good, aromatic, fine Côte-Rôtie, an unhurried wine with a Redondo close. There’s a touch of powder in the tannins, and the fruit streams along very well. 13°. €31. From mid-2020. “I kept 25% to 33% of the stems,” Xavier Gérard. 2035-37 Dec 2018 Previously Nov 2017 **** (casks) dark colour. The nose gives an aroma of treacle tart, prune fruit, is ripe, has mass in its fruit. It’s a dark, smoky start for now. The palate runs with style, holds engaging, tasty blackberry fruits with live, minted tannins that prolong it nicely. The late fruit is free and pure. This has good heart and will do well over time, fusing its elements successfully. From late 2019. Decanting advised. 2030-33 Nov 2017