Domaine Pierre Gaillard Saint Joseph Les Pierres, 2016
Just as the name suggests, "Les Pierres" is a fine blend of the best barrels, selected by Pierre Gaillard. Only the best parcels with the oldest vines go into this wine. Produced separately and matured in new barrels it is only then that the best barrels are selected for the Les Pierres cuvée. A rich and smooth Syrah with dark fruit and leather aromas. With plenty of tannin, this will be a wine that will benefit from cellaring and continue developing for at least 10 years.
Pierre Gaillard studied Viticulture and Enology in Beaune, and obtained a Graduate Diploma in Winemaking from Montpellier before becoming a vineyard manager for a highly-regarded estate in Côte-Rôtie.
In 1981, he bought his first parcel of land, Clos de Cuminailles in Malleval. He now manages 77 hectares around Malleval, Cottebrune and Madeloc and uses modern techniques to ensure his wines express clear and precise fruity aromas, with a profound colour and refined tannins.
His vineyards in the northern part of the Rhone Valley, ranging from Cote-Rotie down through to Cornas in the South are planted on steep slopes with the vines are located on the last foothills of the Massif Central.
|Alcohol % by Vol.||12.5%|
|Style||Red - Medium to full bodied|
The mighty Rhone River that cuts through the French countryside and lends it name to this auspicious wine region is the uniting force of the great tracts of farmland and vineyards either side of it. Some of the oldest vineyards in France decorate the valley, and the Rhone wine region produces quality wines that can compete with some of the finest Bordeaux and Burgundy wines on the market. It was not always this way however, and as the world catches up to the true richness available in Rhone wines, there are some excellent value wines to be found.