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Country of Origin: France
Location: Condrieu, Northern Rhône
People: Xavier Gerard, Owner & Winemaker
The bright and soulful Xavier Gerard comes across as an even-keeled personality, passionate and thoughtful. His estate accesses impressive holdings in Condrieu and Côte-Rôtie, with the majority of the vines under estate ownership, though a small component of rented vineyards is also included. Of the 3.5 hectares of Condrieu under his watch, 3 hectares are estate-owned. 2.2 hectares of the 3.2 hectares of Côte-Rôtie vineyards belong to the family. A tiny parcel of Saint Joseph rounds out the holdings.
The steep, craggy slopes of the vineyards demand that all work be done manually, and Xavier continues the traditional practices in the cellar, with spontaneous fermentation and classic Northern Rhône elevage, mostly in older barrels of demi-muid size. The estate produces five wines.