LA LOYE CONDRIEU
Jean Michel Gerin
Located in the heart of the Côte-Rôtie vineyards near the village of Ampuis, Domaine Jean-Michel Gerin was created in 1983 with vines inherited from his father and grandfather. In 1987 they began to bottle and sell under the Jean-Michel Gerin brand. In 1988 Gerin made his first purchase of vines in La Grandes Places and added to his holdings in 1996, with the purchase of land on La Landonne. Today, the estate covers 12ha in the Côte-Rôtie appellation where Jean has now been joined by his two sons, Michael and Alexis.WINEMAKING & VINTAGE NOTES
Grown in granite soils facing South on steep terraces, Condrieu gets its name from “coin de ruisseau,” meaning corner of the brook. The entire appellation is on hills where the Rhône makes a lazy sweeping turn. After harvest, the grapes are destemmed and lightly pressed. Fermentation and ageing take place 25% in stainless tanks and 75% in barrels. All work is accomplished in Gerin’s separate and pristine white wine cellars.TASTING NOTES
Green-tinged yellow with lively aromas of green apple, lime zest, peach and anise then are joined by hints of dusty minerals and white flowers that develop with aerating. Juicy, seamless and focused on the palate, offering fresh pear, nectarine and lemon gelato flavors that deepen on the back half. The mineral note sneaks back in on the penetrating finish, which hangs on with excellent tenacity. Powerful yet elegant. Will accompany chicken with crème sauce, white flaky fishes or goat cheese.