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Xavier Gerard Viognier Le Replat Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes 2018

Xavier Gerard Viognier Le Replat Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes 2018

A tiny production of just 3500 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.

From the Importer:

Several years ago, we were introduced to a young northern Rhone vigneron by our longtime Cote-Rotie grower, Bernard Levet. The bright and soulful Xavier Gerard came across as an even-keeled personality, passionate and thoughtful. At the time, he was making just one wine, a Viognier that we quickly started bringing into the U.S. We took a pause after a few vintages, as the Gerard family was about to transition the full holdings of the estate into Xavier’s hands, which was an exciting prospect for both the Gerard family and RWM. Now that Xavier has had a full vintage to get his bearings and apply his philosophy to the family estate, we are pleased to re-introduce the new iteration of Domaine Gerard.
The estate accesses impressive holdings in Condrieu and Cote-Rotie, with the majority of the vines under estate ownership, though a small component of rented vineyards is also included. Of the 3.5 hectare of AOC Condrieu under their watch, 3 hectare are estate-owned, while 2.2 hectare of the 3.2 hectare of Cote-Rotie 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 Rhone elevage, mostly in older barrels of demi-muid size. The estate produces five wines.

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SKU: 2018GerardViognierLeReplat
Wine Specs
Northern Rhône

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