Côte Rôtie, Pierre Gaillard 2016/17
Pierre Gaillard, Malleval, Saint Joseph
Pierre Gaillard continues to produce some of the most stunning wines from his 25ha domaine near Malleval. Handling the Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne and Syrah with the same gifted care, he offers a very fine and wide range of wines. We are only importing a small selection from his superlative collection. When he is not busy in the Northern Rhône, he is helping his daughters, Jeanne in Crozes Hermitage and Elise in Banyuls, whilst even finding time to run a small estate in Faugères.
Deep lurid ruby. Mineral-accented aromas of ripe dark berries and pungent flowers, joined by a spicy nuance that builds in the background. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering appealingly sweet blackberry and violet pastille flavors and a touch of smokiness. Puts on weight with air while maintaining vivacity and focus. Finishes bright, supple and long, displaying very good clarity, well-knit tannins and building spiciness
Grape: 90% Syrah, 10% Viognier