A devout modernist, Jean-Michel Gerin has only been in business for 15 years, yet his wine; much loved by the Americans, is amongst the most sought-after and sleek of all Côte-Rôties. With 9 ha of vines, mainly in Côte-Rôtie, Gerin makes four wines; three from Côte-Rôtie, and the fourth from a small parcel of Viognier in Condrieu.
Subscribing to Guigal’s philosophy of new oak, he harvests his fruit very ripe, allows for an extended 15 day cold-soak, and pumps over to extract plenty of flavour and substance from the already super-concentrated grapes. The wines hide their high percentage of new oak very well. His top vineyards are both in the Côte Brune; La Landonne, and Les Grandes Places; both bottled separately and very stylish, concentrated, full-throttle efforts. He also makes a softer, very beguiling and modern blend of fruit from all his Côte-Rôtie parcels including 10% Viognier from a Côte Blonde parcel, which goes into the more moderately priced Champins le Seigneur. This is only put through 33% new oak, and the inclusion of such a high proportion of Viognier has created a very silky, very perfumed and feminine Côte-Rôtie.