Saint Joseph Blanc, Pierre Gaillard 2018
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.
Entirely from Roussanne. The grapes are grown on several sites: the cool granite plateau of Malleval at Les Dries, on the slopes of Malleval at Chartres, and Les Vessettes at Chavanay, each cropped at low yield. The wine spent 7 months in Allier and Nevers barrels, only 10% new, with some bâtonnage.
Sourced from granitic sites in Cheri, Gonon, Cote Bellay & Boissey. Pierre is a real stickler for attention to detail in the vineyard, healthy fruit is the mantra. This is singing with bright floral fruit, white flowers, peach, apricot, a touch of well integrated oak and fleshy lees come through to add richness, but not at all overdone, like the big man himself, very elegant and refined for the size.
Grape: 100% Roussanne