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2011 St Joseph Blanc, Domaine Pierre Gaillard

St Joseph Blanc, Domaine Pierre Gaillard
Pierre’s 10% Roussanne has long been a BBR favourite. Grantic soils from the north of the appellation are farmed at low yields and the wine is suitable concentrated and rich. Aged for 7 months in French oak, with regular lees stirring, this is a sumptuous and beautifully aromatic wine.

The nose of the 2011 is dominated by exotic fruit, pear and white pepper, qualities which do not let-up on the palate. Here we have complex notes of beeswax, quince, fig and pineapple and, as one would expect from Pierre, a fabulously rich texture. A vin de contemplation, the contemplation of which should last for a matter of minutes before an extremely satisfying consumption.
Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer

Pierre describes 2011 as complicated, ironically as a result of the warm spring, which advanced the cycle so much that it set things out of kilter for the more normal temperatures at other times during the season. Nonetheless, he is satisfied with the results. He detects equilibrium, a ‘Golden Mean’ perhaps, which happily combines elegance and power, its higher acidity making these wines very food-friendly. 
Domaine Pierre Gaillard

St Joseph Blanc, Domaine Pierre Gaillard
Product: 10737
Maturity: Drink 2012-2013 (Drink now)
Vintage: 2011
Origin: France » Rhône » Saint-Joseph Map of the region
Grape Variety: Roussanne
Style: Medium Bodied, Dry, 13% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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