The wines of Xavier Gerard are some of the most exciting in Côte-Rôtie, maybe the entire Rhône valley, right now. Côte-Rôtie is one of our favorite winemaking regions in the world. Here the savage Syrah is tamed into something elegant and beautiful. But for a long time it was a bit stodgy, laboring under the shadow of a few huge negociants, watching places like Cornas or Saint Joseph adopt new techniques and attract the limelight. It's finally catching up though, thanks to a new generation of passionately driven young winemakers. At the very front of Côte-Rôtie's group of superstars-to-be is Xavier Gerard.
Today we're pleased to offer Xavier's exquisite, almost Burgundian Côte-Rôties, including his bottling of the famed La Landonne vineyard.
Xavier took over his family's estate in 2013, and has quickly turned it into one of the most admired in the region. The family has holdings in some of the best plots in the appellation, the majority of which are so steep they demand all work be done by hand. Xavier has moved toward more modern, sustainable viticulture, while maintaining traditional practices in the cellar. All fermentations are spontaneous, whole clusters are liberally employed, and aging takes place mostly in older, larger barrels. What results are wines with classic Syrah smoke and meat notes, but also an extra layer of grace and charm you don't often find in the variety. These wines are so delicious upon release they're hard to keep your hands off, but they'll age easily for decades.