Xavier Gerard 2017 Cote Rotie France
94 Points Decanter
93 Points Vinous
Xavier Gérard’s 2017 Côte-Rôtie Young Xavier Gérard continues to hone his craft, and the 2017 Côte-Rôtie offers an exceptional sense of elegance wed to authoritative minerality and ample concentration. Vinified with one-third whole clusters and aged in traditional fashion in used 600-liter demi-muids, it combines fruit from four stellar sites: Viallière, Mollard, Fongeant, and the fabled Landonne. This vintage presents textbook Côte-Rôtie elements—sinewy black fruits, exotic spices, savory black olives, formidable mineral heft—but with a remarkable sense of clarity which Xavier seems to corral more effectively with each passing vintage. In comparison with the more ferocious, brawny wines from our beloved Levet family, Xavier’s display greater restraint, though they in no way lack for power.
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