Domaine Gerard Cote Rotie 2017

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Xavier Gérard is a young guy farming about three hectares of Côte-Rôtie vines by hand and vinifying wines in the most traditional manner possible. He took over the operation from his parents, from whom he learned his craft. In his small cellar, fermentations are initiated by ambient yeasts and varying percentages of whole grape clusters are left in the must. His Côte-Rôtie is aged in large, used demi-muid barrels before bottling, leaving no trace of toastiness or vanilla in the finished product. This is a soulful, high-toned Syrah that perfectly captures what Côte-Rôtie is all about. 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 blackberries, 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'd bring to a dinner party with a lineup of world-class French wines.

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