Saint Joseph Blanc, Pierre Gaillard 2017/18
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.
Ripe, balanced and energetic with floral and mineral notes which spread out on the palate. It's an intense, creamy textured wine with gingery spicy, red apple skin and nutty lees notes. A leading light amongst the northern Rhône set, it's complex and savoury, with some gentle grip on the finish.
Grape: 100% Roussanne