Xavier Gerard Collines Rhodaniennes French Rhone White Wine 750 mL


Xavier Gerard Viognier Collines Rhodaniennes  A tiny production of just 3,500 bottles, this is a balanced Viognier that leans towards fresh fruit and acid, rather than any tropical notes. The grapes are sourced from a partially-terraced 1.05ha parcel in Verin, located 2km from Condrieu. The Malolactic fermentation is blocked, keeping a high level of acidity in this sharp expression of granite-infused soil. The dominant notes are white flowers, violets, with persistent minerality through the finish. – The Importer


Xavier Gerard Collines Rhodaniennes  has come a long way since 2013, when he had just recently assumed control of his family’s modest acreage in Condrieu and Cote-Rotie. His father Francois produced honest, solid renderings of these great appellations, and Xavier built upon that foundation, adopting a more thoughtful approach to viticulture (organic conversion) and vinification (judicious whole-cluster inclusion, lower sulfur, gentler bottling).

Several years ago, Xavier finished construction on a new winery which allowed him to move everything by gravity and to adopt a more tailored approach to elevage. The vintages since then have seen Xavier operating at a level equal to the greatest examples of the appellation, full stop. His raw materials are outstanding—vines in the crus of Mollard, Landonne, Brosse, and Vialliere dating back to 1922—and his no-nonsense vinification and elevage (spontaneous fermentation in concrete with 1/3 whole clusters; aging for two years in used 600-L barrels with no fining or filtering) result in a Cote-Rotie both svelte and chiseled, with ample fruit anchored by a deeply mineral-driven sense of finesse and lift.   By Clarke Boehling

more on Xavier Gerard  https://rosenthalwinemerchant.com/growers/xavier-gerard/

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Weight 48 oz
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 17 in
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