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Domaine Xavier Gérard, Côte-Rôtie Northern Rhône, France 2017 (750mL)
Xavier Gérard crafts soulful and high-toned Syrah that perfectly captures what Côte-Rôtie is all about. Given the wine’s premium vineyard sources, this should come as no surprise. The majority of the blend comes from a lieu-dit called “Mollard,” with the remainder of the fruit hailing from the “Font-Jean,” “Viallière,” and “La Landonne” vineyards. The latter, of course, is one of the most famous (and steepest) sites in the darker-soiled “Côte Brune,” singled out on top-dollar bottlings from Guigal and Delas, among others.
Gérard’s 2017 Côte-Rôtie will reward patience in the cellar, but it certainly isn’t forbidding now—for that we have (1) the vintage, (2) partial whole-cluster fermentation, and (3) a long aging regimen in French barrels to thank. In the glass, the wine reveals a deep purple-red core and expresses a breathtaking mosaic of elite Northern Rhône aromatics: grilled meat, sun-roasted brambleberries, tar, olive tapenade, freshly cracked pepper, ripe black cherries, Chambord, dried violets, and crushed hot stone. Because it is such a generous example of Côte-Rôtie, it’s exactly what we would bring to a dinner party with a lineup of world-class French wines. This will win over those who appreciate a muscular, powerful Syrah that sings with high-toned energy.
- RegionNorthern Rhône Valley
- SoilGranite & Schist
- OakLarge French Oak 'Demi-Muids'
- Temp.Serve at 60-65° F
- GlasswareBurgundy Stems
- Decanting2+ Hours
- PairingGrilled Rack of Lamb
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