- 100% Syrah
Côte Rôtie “The Roasted Slope” is one of the oldest vineyards in France and was established by the Romans. The Côte Rôtie with its hills bathed in sun, produces a warm, robust, full-bodied, richly coloured red wine. Powerful and dark when they are young these wines become softer, more velvety and develop with age an excellent bouquet. Two grape-varieties dominate the production: Viognier and Syrah.
Wines of Côte Rôtie are considered as the best wines to be found in the Rhône valley. Côte Rôtie can be divided into two variants according to soil types: Côte Brune in the northern section with a grey-blue schist and mica soils and Côte Blonde with quartz, soft feldspar and white mica soil which is noticeably lacking in nutrients. Wines from Côte Brune are more upright, higher in tannins, black fruited and long lived. Wines from Côte Blonde are more floral, red-fruited, delicate and elegant. In reality a good number of wines are a blend of grapes grown on the two soils which adds to the layers and depth of the wines.
About Pierre Gaillard:
When Pierre Gaillard was 12 years old he was caught ploughing a nearby vineyard with a horse. Since then he has gone on, naturally, to study oenology, viticulture, and work as vineyard manager for Marcel Guigal before establishing his own domain based in St Joseph.
Pierre Gaillard has slowly built up a portfolio of vineyards since 1981 when he bought his first plot: Clos de Cuminailles in Malleval. His prize vineyard plots cover the best parts of the Northern Rhône in Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Cornas, and Crozes-Hermitage as well as his treasured vineyards in St Joseph.
In 1987, he established his business in the upper part of the medieval town of Malleval and in 2002, he created the estate of Madeloc in Banyuls-sur-Mer. Finally, in 2007, he created the estate of Cottebrune in Faugères. Today, Pierre manages a total of 77 hectares.
Pierre’s wife and three children: Jeanne, Elise and Pierre Antoine help him to manage the estate and take part of the winemaking process. Jeanne in particular has studied oenology is a rising star and makes her own range of wines as well as assisting her father with his. Elise has also graduated and is in charge of the domaine in Roussillon at Madeloc. Pierre has also graduated in winemaking in 2010 and has been working in vineyards in New Zealand since. There is a buzz about the domain!
So good are Pierre Gaillard’s wines that Jancis Robinson MW has said that upon tasting his top St Joseph Les Pierres that she, “could almost have taken it for a Côte Rôtie”. This is praise indeed for an appellation that has long been overlooked.
Pierre has not look backwards and has worked alongside François Villard and Yves Cuilleron with the Vins de Vienne project and has also branched out to Faugeres and Banyuls/Collioure.
The Gaillard’s have gone from strength to strength and are this year’s hottest tip for value and quality. Every wine from the Vin de Pays (AOP) to their top Côte Rôtie and Condrieu are exemplary and will excite any lover of good wine.
The Pierre Gaillard range of wines is available in limited quantities only. The red wines are available in Ireland now and the whites are due to be bottled in June.
Dark purplish crimson. Wonderfully muscular intensity. Lots of ripe fruit but no excess sweetness. Very juicy. Should make exciting old bones. Very vibrant right to the end. Good balance. Drink 2016-2026. 17.5/20 -Jancis Robinson, 30th of December 2011.
Top 10 pick of the 2010 northern Rhône Reds Great density and lifted richness. 2015-2025." Steven Spurrier, Decanter Magazine, February 2012
Top Northern Rhône 2010 A beauty, with lovely, sensitively scented fruit. 19/20, 5 stars, drink 2013-2025. J Livingston-Learmonth, Decanter Magazine, April 2012