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 Vintage2000 Label 1 of 4 
ProducerJean-Michel Gerin (web)
VineyardLes Grandes Places
SubRegionNorthern Rhône

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2018 (based on 3 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Gerin Cote Rotie Grandes Places on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.4 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 5 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by esh44 on 10/31/2013 & rated 85 points: Coravin'd over the course of a week -- wine was fairly consistent each day. Still young. Tons of sediment in this big and heavy wine -- decanting is a must. Unlike others' notes here, I got big oak notes wrapped around big 'ol, mouth-puckering tannins. Dark berries, smoke, cocoa, and black pepper were pronounced and nice, but the tart acidity throws off balance. Slightly tangy/sour finish... (864 views)
 Tasted by dream on 4/20/2013 & rated 93 points: Really love this juice but it is drinking young. High-toned with deep blue and purple fruits with hints of pepper, spice and smoke. A beautiful silky/lacy texture. Finishes tangy with complex spices and a strong mineral edge. Needs more time. (1066 views)
 Tasted by liteagilis on 7/15/2012 & rated 94 points: Beautiful wine. Just slightly fading away from dark ruby color, signs of age at the rim. Nose is still quite youthful. It's still plein des violettes et des mures. Smoke. Starting to develop a feral, meaty bit. Tannins are pretty substantial but not at all unpleasant on the palate. Quite rich, at least medium-full bodied. Finish is LONG. LONG. This is really, really nice and built to go. At least ten years ahead of this but if you like primary fruit, maybe have it in the next two or three. (1494 views)
 Tasted by dream on 6/2/2012 & rated 93 points: Beautiful floral nose of violets and smoky blueberries. So fresh and succulent with a wonderful silky texture and great smoky blueberry fruit with hints of floral spice. Still quite young with firm acidity and lacy tannins but it drinks beautifully today with food and the finish is spicy and complex. Another 5 years and this should be special. 93+ (1423 views)
 Tasted by davergny on 5/16/2009 & rated 92 points: Decanted for 2 hours. Expressive nose, bacon fat is there, white chocolate, pomegranate, and rust. Medium bodied wine, lively, with pomegranate, blood orange, cranberry, minerals, high toned with prominent acidity. Very good length and slightly sour finish. Lots of sediment, seems a very "natural" wine, don't get any oak notes. Does this wine see new oak? Excellent with chicken cordon bleu. I think this wine may improve with additional aging as long as the acidity doesn't take over. (1795 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (6/10/2006)
(Gérin, Les Grandes Places Côte Rôtie Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, January/February 2003, IWC Issue #106
(Domaine Jean Michel Gerin Cote Rotie Les Grandes Places) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, January/February 2002, IWC Issue #100
(Domaine Jean Michel Gerin Cote Rotie Les Grandes Places) Subscribe to see review text.
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Jean-Michel Gerin

Producer website

My previous visits with Jean-Michel Gerin have always started with an early morning, stomach-churning drive up into his vineyards in his mini-truck. This visit was different. We started with an early afternoon, stomach-churning drive up into his vineyards in his 1984 Renault, which he proudly showed only had 27,000 kilometers on it. I’ve never seen a gear shift that came out of the dashboard before. The only thing that topped the drive up was the drive down, the car groaning with each hairpin turn. Good times. In all seriousness though, it’s always great to get into the vineyards with Gerin. I’ve visited his parcel in La Viaillère now three years in a row. The first time they were rebuilding the terraces. Last year they were putting in the drainage system (run off on these steep slopes can be wild). This year the vineyard looks great, so good in fact, that Gerin will be making a separate La Viaillère cuvée from the 2007 vintage. We also looked at some hail damage (a highly centralized storm hit some of Gerin’s vineyards in June), and the vines that were hit had some damage to next year's buds. That means lower yields, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and Gerin knows he’s lucky the damage wasn’t worse. Nonetheless, despite all the difficulty in the vineyards in ’07, Gerin got wines with "huge polyphenols." A few samples tasted from tank (the wines underwent malo in tank for the first time ever here) showed gorgeous color and fresh, forward fruit notes. - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator


Varietal article (Wikipedia) | (Wines Northwest)

Les Grandes Places

Single vineyard near Ampuis. Details on weinlagen-info.de


Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)


Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Northern Rhône

Guide to the wines and appellations of the Northern Rhone Valley -

The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Regional History:
Phocaean Greeks established viticulture in the Rhone as far back as 600 BC, but until the 14th century the wines were not seen outside the region. The establishment of the Avignonese Papacy (1305-1377) brought fame to the region's wine-so much so that their Burgundian neighbors to the north banned wines from the Rhone in 1446, a measure that effectively cut off trade with England and other Northern European markets for over 200 years. Stretching southward from Lyon to just south of Avignon, the Rhone produces a wide variety of wines, with the appellations north of Valence producing the least (in volume), and the towns south of Montelimar producing prodigious amounts. As in other regions, the most interesting wines come from small farms. Saint-Joseph, in the northern Rhone, extends for some distance between Condrieu in the north to Saint-Peray in the south. The reds are made from Syrah and the rare whites from Marsanne and Rousanne, and Viognier.


Guide to Cote Rotie

• The Appellation cover three com­munes - Saint-Cyr-sur-Rhône, Ampuis and Tupin-Semons - on the right Rhône river bank, within the Rhône "département".

• Soils : In the northern part of the vineyard, the Côte Brune, consists of extremely steep, terraced slopes of fer­ruginous mica schists which are cove­red with schist sand (arzel).The Côte Blonde has a varied geology with gneiss and granite predominating at the most southern side of the appellation.

• Climate : tempered continental. Dry, hot summers and frequent rain­falls during the other seasons. History : one of the oldest vineyards in France, first developed by the Romans. It is said that during the Middle Ages, "The Seigneur de Maugiron" bequea­thed a hillside to each of his daughters, one was brunette and the other fair. Thus, were born the names of "Côte Brune" and "Côte Blonde".

• Area planted : 230 hectares (568 acres), for an annual production of 8,400 hectoli­ters (93,333 cases). Authorized maximum yield is 40 hectoliters/hectare (2,3 US tons/acre).

• Grape Varieties : Syrah (80% mini­mum). An addition of up to 20% of Viognier grapes in the crop is allowed.

Single vineyards on weinlagen-info

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