100% Syrah that sees oak for 18-20 months (20% new). Expect layers of pure, fleshy blackberry fruit tempered by fine tannins and ample brightness and a very neat, long finish.
Match with duck pie or beef tenderloin.
Varietal / Blend: Syrah (Shiraz)
Decant: We insist!
Farming Practices: Organic
Pierre Gaillard began his career working for both Vidal Fleury and Guigal before he struck out on his own in 1985. Since then, both his reputation and his vineyards have expanded, mainly in the St Joseph, Cote Rotie and Condrieu appellations, but now also Cornas and an estate in the south-west, Domaine de Madeloc, where Banyuls and Collioure are produced.
Today, Gaillard is also part of the Vin de Vienne project with Francois Villard and Yves Cuilleron. As the review above by Jacqueline Freidrich shows, Gaillard is now reckoned in France to be among the Northern Rhone’s best winemakers.
The style of red wine produced here is rich and deep, with clean, pure fruit characters and excellent ripeness and intensity. There is a core of seductive, glossy fruit that makes the wines immediately appealing and yet they have the savoury tannins, spice and fresh acidity that screams Northern Rhone. The whites are beautifully floral and refined examples while the Banyuls are a delicious adventure in sweet wine that is redefining what is possible in this Mediteranean region.