This provides a great deal of bang for buck! Historically, the wines of Gerin are of a modern style, with big flavours and plenty of oak to create a robust Cote Rotie, but more definition and finesse is appearing with each vintage. This has power but elegance and poise also.
Fergus Stewart, Private Account Manager
This, the Gerin’s largest cuvée of Côte-Rôtie, summed up perfectly all the best of the vintage with a gloriously plump, dark fruit nose followed by firm fruit. A very refreshing, classic Northern Rhône for all occasions.
Tom Cave, Cellar Plan Manager
The reduction in the percentage of new barrique has been rewarded with more aromatic definition and greater purity en bouche. A blend from granitic Blonde and schistous Brune, with a single digit Viognier representation, this fantastic wine will age with ease for a decade and never fail to give pleasure.
Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer
Try as one might, it is impossible not to like Jean-Michel Gerin. In the early days I was so persistent going up to him every year at Ampuis, requesting UK exclusivity, that his dead-pan ‘non’ became something of an in-joke. When ‘non’ turned to ‘oui’, five or six years ago, a very successful partnership was initiated. His sons Mickael and Alexei are now a key part of the operation. 2011 was phenolically mature by the end of the first week of September, so they picked relatively early, and everyone is very pleased with the results.
Domaine Jean-Michel Gerin