Gerard Xavier is an up-and-coming force to be reckoned with in the Northern Rhone. Having assumed control of his family’s impressive holdings in Cote-Rotie and Condrieu with the 2013 vintage, Xavier has been steadily honing his craft over the ensuing years; today, his svelte, pure, classicist renderings of Cote-Rotie’s unique terroir rival anything produced in the appellation. Furthermore, his nimble, acid-prizing touch with Viognier yields Condrieu of appealing restraint and foregrounded minerality.
Xavier is steering his viticulture toward the fully organic-a particularly arduous feat on these brutally steep terraced slopes. And he has refined his touch in the cellar to allow for sensitive rather than systematic, whole-cluster usage, natural fermentations, and minimal handling of the wines during their elevage. His emphasis on elegance and precision , while offering an equally profound glimpse into these slopes’prized schist.