96% Syrah, 4% Viognier with 15% whole bunch fermented and 24 months in oak (10% new). It shows dark berry fruits, olive tapenade and smoked deli meats with terrific minerality.
Drink with braised lamb shanks.
Varietal / Blend: 96% Syrah, 4% Viognier
Decant: We insist!
Farming Practices: Conventional
They’ve got the real estate, that’s a given. A slice of La Landonne, La Côte Chatillon, and Font-Jean contribute to the holdings, as well as vineyards much further afield. Add “… a young Vigneron who’s making outstanding wines,” (Jeb Dunnick, The Wine Advocate) in Xavier Gérard, and you’ve got a pretty compelling operation.
2013 was a watershed vintage for this address seeing son Xavier Gérard assuming full control of both growing and winemaking. As with many great family businesses, external experience was encouraged, with Xavier having undertaken vintages in South Africa, USA, Australia and New Zealand; add to this a clear streak of ambition apparent in having purchased his first vineyard at age 20. Expect an amplified presence of Domaine Gérard in coming years.