Xavier Gerard Condrieu Lieu-Dit La Cote Chatillon


Xavier Gérard farms a paltry 3.2 hectares of vines in Cote-Rotie. Whereas many local vignerons employ a team of vineyard workers or outside contractors, Xavier prefers to do the back-breaking work himself. After all, he’s in his early 30s, built like an loose head prop in Rugby (he is a big Rugby fan) and it’s not hard to imagine Xavier effortlessly scaling the jagged hillside vineyards of Côte-Rôtie each morning.

This combination of personal involvement in every detail and sense of boundless energy and power is evident in all Domaine Gérard’s wines. Still, there’s more to the story than the man. Let’s start with real estate: Gérard farms a “royal flush” of vineyard sites on this world-famous hillside, starting with “Mollard” and “Viallière” and ending with “Fongeant” and “La Landonne” (two sites that form the backbone of the most expensive and sought-after wines in the region from Jamet and Guigal).

In the cellar, Xavier is talented and, having logged many hours as the son of a Côte-Rôtie winemaker, he is experienced in a variety of methods that conjure the optimal expressiveness of his home-turf terroir, no matter the vintage. More often than not, that means whole-cluster fermentation and élevage (aging) in larger-sized barrels known as demi-muids, but there is no dogma or set “recipe” at Domaine Gérard and Xavier is never afraid of subtle changes.

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