Domaine Pierre Gaillard

Domaine Pierre Gaillard

Pierre Gaillard grew up amongst vines. At 12, he was found ploughing his family vineyard with a horse. Following his winemaking studies in Montpellier, he bought his first lands in St. Joseph in 1981, reviving the “Clos de Cuminaille” – an ancient wine growing estate dating back to Roman times.

In recent years, Pierre’s children have been getting more involved at the domaine; but his own passion and influence still remain at the core of the impressive property. As well as being one of the top growers in St Joseph, Pierre is also one of a handful of producers realising the potential of Seyssuel to the north of the region. In total, he has over 60 parcels spread over 35 hectares in the Northern Rhône, which makes for an extremely comprehensive overview of everything these appellations have to offer.

We tasted the 2021s alongside Pierre-Antoine, Pierre’s son. Some of the wines were still in tank or barrel, so he made us up a ball-park blend to taste. His various incantations of Syrah had the refined, elegant style and notes of fresh herbs common to this vintage. Some new oak is used on the wines but less than some years, to allow the fruit purity to dominate – a style that works especially well this year due to the refined profiles.

As always, the whites on offer are a vintage ahead, so 2022 this year. You’ll remember how hot the summer was and this was true in the Northern Rhône too. However, extreme heat made the vines shut down and prevented sugar development, saving the wines from high alcohols and retaining acidity. Adapted vine canopy management to shade the grapes and prevent sunburn was also key. While the wines have a warmer profile than the 2021s, they nonetheless showed freshness to counterbalance their depth.

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2015 Côte-Rôtie, Domaine Pierre Gaillard, Rhône
Red
2015
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Medium Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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2009 Côte-Rôtie, Rose Pourpre, Domaine Pierre Gaillard, Rhône
Red
2009
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Full Bodied
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13.0% Alcohol
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2015 Côte-Rôtie, Rose Pourpre, Domaine Pierre Gaillard, Rhône
Red
2015
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Full Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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2015 St Joseph, Clos de Cuminaille, Domaine Pierre Gaillard, Rhône
Red
2015
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Full Bodied
Dry
12.5% Alcohol
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2018 Cornas, Domaine Pierre Gaillard, Rhône
Red
2018
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Medium Bodied
Dry
12.0% Alcohol
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2017 Côte-Rôtie, Domaine Pierre Gaillard, Rhône
Red
2017
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Full Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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2017 Côte-Rôtie, Rose Pourpre, Domaine Pierre Gaillard, Rhône
Red
2017
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Full Bodied
Dry
14.0% Alcohol
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2019 Cornas, Domaine Pierre Gaillard, Rhône
Red
2019
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Medium Bodied
Dry
12.0% Alcohol
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