Tasting Notes ~ Xavier Gérard is a young guy farming about three hectares of Côte-Rôtie vines by hand (as if there were any other way) and vinifying wines in the most traditional manner possible. In his small cellar, fermentations are initiated by ambient yeasts and varying percentages of whole grape clusters are left in the must. The Côte-Rôtie is aged in large, used demi-muid barrels before bottling. This is a soulful, high-toned Syrah that perfectly captures what Côte-Rôtie is all about. In the glass, the wine reveals a deep purple-red core and expresses a breathtaking mosaic of elite Northern Rhône aromatics: grilled meat, sun-roasted brambleberries, tar, olive tapenade, freshly cracked pepper, ripe black cherries, Chambord, dried violets, and crushed hot stone.