Domaine Jean Michel Gerin Cote Rotie Rhone Wine, Complete Guide

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Domaine Jean Michel Gerin History, Overview

Domaine Jean-Michel Gerin is not one of the oldest properties in the Northern Rhone Valley. Far from it. In fact, the estate was created in 1983 by Jean Michel Gerin, although it was not until 1987 that he began to bottle and sell their wine.

The following year, in 1988 Gerin made his first purchase of vines in La Grandes Places.

In 1996, Domaine Jean-Michel Gerin added to their holdings with the purchase of land on La Landonne. Not content to only produce wine in Cote Rotie, in 2002, he entered into a joint venture with a few other French wine makers to produce wine in the Priorat appellation in Spain.

In 2007 Domaine Jean-Michel Gerin began an extensive project of rebuilding the terraces and improving their drainage systems in their steep, rocky, hillside terroirs. This was followed by the planting of vines in the La Vialliere lieu dit that went into production starting with the 2007 vintage.

Domaine Jean Michel Gerin Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking

Today, Domaine Jean Michel Gerin owns 12 hectares of vines in the Cote Rotie appellation. The domaine is going to remain a family affair as he is now joined by his two sons, Michael Gerin and Alexis Gerin.

Jean-Michel Gerin produces 4 Cote Rotie wines, a Condrieu and a wine from the St. Joseph appellation.

The best vintages of Jean Michel Gerin Cote Rotie are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1995 and 1991.

Jean Michel Gerin Les Grandes Places is produced from a 1.4 hectare parcel of 40 year old Syrah vines in a terroir of mica and schist. The wine is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for up to 24 months before bottling. The first vintage was 1988.

Production averages 400 cases per year. Les Grandes Places is the top wine from Gerin. It’s a rich, sensuous, stylish Cote Rotie. But not much wine is made, making it quite hard to find, and expensive, especially as the wine ages.

Jean Michel Gerin Champin Le Seigneur is produced from a bend of 90% Syrah and 10% Viognier in most vintages. The wine comes from a mix of vines ranging from 10-50 years of age. Champin Le Seigneur is aged in 50% new oak barrels for up to 18 months.

Interestingly, this wine is aged in close to 20% new, American oak barrels.On average, 10% Viognier is included in the blend. The grapes are co fermented. Production is close to 2,500 cases per vintage. For 2 vintages, in 1995 and 1996, they produced a Champin Junior from their younger vines.

Jean Michel Gerin La Vialliere is made from 1.75 hectares of 100% Syrah planted in the La Vialliere lieu-dit that was aged 100% new, half muids.

Jean Michel Gerin La Landonne comes from 100% Syrah. This wine is produced from a tiny 0.4 hectare parcel of vines which are relatively young at close to 20 years of age.

The grapes are completely destemmed. The wine resides in 100% new oak barrels for about 18 months before bottling. The debut vintage for La Landonne was 1996. On average, slightly more than 150 cases are produced every year.

Jean Michel Gerin embraces modern styles of Cote Rotie.  He ages his wines using a lot of new French barrels and American oak barrels. The use of American oak barrels is not common in France, let alone in Cote Rotie.

The wines of Jean Michel Gerin are round, opulent, ripe and generously textured. They display some oak, along with ripe black and red fruit, pepper, spice and minerality. They have the ability to age well.

When to Drink Domaine Jean-Michel Gerin, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Domaine Jean-Michel Gerin, when young, should be decanted at least 1-2 hours, give or take, allowing the wines to soften and open their perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Domaine Jean-Michel Gerin is usually better with 8-10 years of cellaring and should be at its best between 10-25 years of age.

Serving Domaine Jean-Michel Gerin with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Domaine Jean-Michel Gerin is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Domaine Jean-Michel Gerin is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Domaine Jean-Michel Gerin is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

Condrieu, the white wine of Domaine Jean Michel Gerin is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

Jean-Michel Gerin Wine Tasting Notes

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2016 Jean-Michel Gerin La Loye  (Condrieu) 92

White peaches drizzled over rocks, with honeysuckle accents, and a touch of vanilla bean is what's going on here. 92 Points

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2015 Jean-Michel Gerin Les Grandes Places  (Côte-Rôtie) 97

Just a fabulous wine here. There is a richness to the texture, silky, sensuous textures and fruit that is ripe, pure, fresh and long. The combination of fresh, ripe, juicy, bright red fruits, crushed rock, smoke and salinity in the finish is a knockout! 97 Points

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2015 Jean-Michel Gerin Champin le Seigneur  (Côte-Rôtie) 90

Forward, open, medium bodied, fresh, smoky and spicy, with a sweet and tart, red berry, crisp, tangy finish. 90 Points

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2010 Jean-Michel Gerin Les Grandes Places  (Côte-Rôtie) 95

Fresh, juicy, crisp, ripe and smoky, the fruit is ripe, with good sweetness, energy with a sappy, spicy, peppery kick and a hint of flowers. Still young, with air, this is showing quite nicely. 95 Points

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The texture is opulent, silky, lush and refined. There is weight and concentration. Still young, the wine is inky in color, with licorice, smoke, black, blue and red fruit all over the place. Further complicating matters, the wine is loaded with earth, rocks and stones. The finish really hangs in there. Freshness and purity, along with plush textures are the hallmark of this wine. 96 Points

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2009 Jean-Michel Gerin Les Grandes Places  (Côte-Rôtie) 93

This is quite young, yet it's easy to see all the promise the wine displays with its rich layers of black raspberry, smoke, kirsch and licorice. On the palate, the rich wine is soft, lush and round, leaving you with a lasting impression of sweet dark red berries, spice, earth and freshness. 93 Points

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2007 Jean-Michel Gerin La Landonne  (Côte-Rôtie) 90

Forward, medium bodied and surprisingly drinkable, if not mature at 10 years of age, this is a wine to drink now and over the next 5 years or so. You want to catch all the earthy, black raspberries, pepper and smoke before it fades. 90 Points

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2003 Jean-Michel Gerin Les Grandes Places  (Côte-Rôtie) 92

Silky, soft and sensuous, this is fully mature. Low in acid, this is all about the sexy texture and ripe black cherry, licorice, bitter chocolate and earthy nuances. Popped and poured, there is no reason to age this any longer. 92 Points

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This is in such a good place to taste today. All it took was a pop and pour, and it was ready to go with its pure, silky, black cherry essence, followed by licorice, earth, smoke, bacon fat and herbal notes in the perfume. Plush, luxurious, full bodied and fresh, with length, concentration and persistence. 95 Points

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Sexy, sultry, lusty and frankly delicious, this has all the sweet, ripe and over ripe black cherries you need, coupled with licorice, black pepper, earth and garrigue. The fruit is perfectly polished, soft and refined, the wine is concentrated, long and really delivers a memorable tasting experience. Not much is made. so it's hard to find, but it's worth the effort and cost for at least a bottle or two. 95 Points

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Floral, licorice, bacon fat, black cherry liqueur, truffle, stone and pepper aromas caught your attention. Sexy, supple, suave and lush in texture, this low acid, opulent wine is an exotic pleasure machine. It's hard to find, but it's worth the effort to seek out a few bottles. It's not mature. but it's drinking great. If you have more than a few bottles, it's worth popping one at this stage to enjoy its exotic pleasures. 94 Points

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2003 Jean-Michel Gerin La Landonne  (Côte-Rôtie) 92

In a good spot, the wine serves up plenty of smoky red fruits, olivers, pepper and herbs. Soft, developed, medium-bodied and sweet, this is ready to go. 92 Points

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At peak, the nose with its olives, herbs, smoke and red fruits does not tell the entire story as the nose is almost quiet. The wine is best on the lush, soft, opulent, silky, kirsch and cherry-filled palate. The wine is a very textural experience. There is no reason for further aging. 93 Points

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Deep in color, with concentration, density, richness and ripe, dark fruits. There was no heat, or any sensation of over ripe flavors. Just pure fruits, silky, lush, juicy, fat textures and a long finish. 94 Points

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Now that the 2003 Cote Rotie vintage has a few years on it, the wines have really started to come around. Most are forward, fleshy, rich and offer decadent textures. The 2003 Gerin La Landonne is no exception. With a nose filled with bacon fat, flowers, cherries, black raspberries, earth, spice, smoke and charcoal, this is a voluptuous wine. Rich in texture, the wine feels great as it slides from the glass. It's only now starting to open. A few more years will add additional complexity to the wine. 95 Points

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1999 Jean-Michel Gerin Les Grandes Places  (Côte-Rôtie) 96

If you like Cote Rotie with the perfect combination of bottle age and freshness, you came to the right place. With loads of fresh, spicy cherries, earth, flowers and minerality, the full bodied, elegant charmer ended with layers of sweet, perfectly ripe, peppery cherries. Splash decanted, this is really in a great place. 96 Points

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Licorice, flowers, cherry liqueur, strawberry, wet earth, pepper, herbs and bacon fat scents get you on your way to a sensuous, exotic, fresh wine, filled with a sweet kirsch, blackberry, liqueur filled finish. The wine has nice lift, length and complexity, plus it's drinking in the sweet spot. Popped and poured, the wine began to fade about 2 1/2 hours after opening. It's close to peak and while there is no rush to pop a cork, it's not going to get much better, Sadly, it's almost impossible to find with a production that is close to 150 case for the world. 95 Points

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Intoxicating scents of licorice, flowers, earth, plums, smoke, cherries, pepper and stone are present the moment the cork is popped. Sweet, ripe, refined, elegant and sensuous, this fresh wine ends with rich, layers of exquisite, polished, pure, black cherries and spice. This is drinking perfectly today and should improve over the next several years. If you're a Cote Rotie fan, while hard to find, it's the effort to locate a few bottles. 95 Points

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99 Gerin Les Grandes Places Cote Rotie pops form the glass with aromatics of bacon fat, kirsch, wild strawberries, back raspberry, cinnamon, black cherry and white pepper. Rich, sexy, plush, round, elegant textures coat your mouth. The feeling of fresh ripe fruit with an essence of purity, coupled with black cherries, kirsch and a hint of licorice lasts for close to 40 seconds. This wine is produced in very small quantities. But it's worth seeking out as it offers a compelling expression of Cote Rotie. 96 Points

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1999 Jean-Michel Gerin La Landonne  (Côte-Rôtie) 95

Licorice, cherry liqueur, truffle, cocoa, spice, earth, kirsch and herbs create the complex aromatics. Sweet, lush, full bodied and loaded with minerals and fresh strawberries, this can be enjoyed now, or for the next 15-20 years. 95 Points

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This is a perfect reminder of what makes Cote Rotie so great. When you cannot afford Guigal, and you want to enjoy a bottle of La Landonne, this is the perfect choice. Bacon fat, pepper, flowers, black cherry, licorice, truffle, earth, black raspberryand kirsch make up the complex perfume. This elegant, stylish, silky, rich, supple, round wine delivers a wonderful expression of Syrah. With 20 minutes of decanting, the wine popped in the mouth and the nose and continued improving for the next two hours. It's hard to find, but worth the search. 95 Points

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This wine opens with jammy blackberry, slate, bacon fat, pepper. mesquite, garrigue and floral aromatics. Massive, bold, masculine and powerful, this concentrated wine is acidic in the mouth. The wine ends in a long garrige filled finish. Still young, this Cote Rotie will improve with another 3-5 years. 93 Points

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1998 Jean-Michel Gerin La Landonne  (Côte-Rôtie) 93

Packed with meaty, red and black fruits, spice and a cool sappy quality, this elegantly styled wine finshed with long clean flavors. 93 Points

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1998 Jean-Michel Gerin Les Grandes Places  (Côte-Rôtie) 92

Black fruits, spicy oak and floral aromas accompany the plumy, black cherry, kirsch accented velvety finish. 92 Points

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1996 Jean-Michel Gerin La Landonne  (Côte-Rôtie) 90

A positive surprise for the vintage. Blackberry, oak, fresh pepper, herbs and spearmint on the nose. Fully mature, this wine ends with black cherry and kirsch flavors. 90 Points

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