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Xavier Gerard Cote-Rotie 2019

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A blend of estate fruit from the Mollard, Font-Jean, Viallière, and La Landonne lieu dits.


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Xavier inherited his father's vines in 2012, a tiny collection scattered among top terroirs in Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu and St. Joseph. He became famous in Europe when his 2015 Côte-Rôtie was deemed by Decanter's blind tasting panel to be the second best wine from the Northern Rhône, besting virtually all the top names of the region.

We tend to think of Northern Rhône producers as belonging on a spectrum that runs from traditionalist to modernist. But many of our favorite producers — like Chave or Allemand — don't fit neatly into those categories, producing neither the backwards, often funky wines of the traditionalists nor the oaky showboats of the modernists. Instead, they borrow from both traditionalist and Burgundian techniques to make wines that emphasize fruit purity, grace and terroir. Gerard very much fits this mold.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 91
"A blend of four lieux-dits (mainly Le Mollard, but also La Brosse, Fontgeant and La Landonne) that incorporates 3% to 4% Viognier, Gérard's 2019 Cote Rotie delivers tart raspberry fruit, but it balances that with a medium to full-bodied palate, a rich, silky feel and a nicely concentrated, somewhat tannic finish. Give it a couple of years in the cellar and drink it over the next decade or more." -Robert Parker


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  • Style

    Earthy , Elegant , Minerally

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  • Body

    Full Bodied

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