2015 Côte-Rôtie, Domaine Pierre Gaillard

2015 Côte-Rôtie, Domaine Pierre Gaillard

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2015 Côte-Rôtie, Domaine Pierre Gaillard


The final assemblage in 2015 will come mainly from Viallière in the north and Beton in the south; the former lending ripe floral aromas and mid-palate power, the latter a seductive velvety texture. One or two barriques from other plots may make the final blend, all in the name of complexity, but this is to be the core of the wine. Following the regal trope of 2010 and 1999, this looks set to join the pantheon of greats. Drink 2019-2026.
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Wine Advocate87-89/100
Wine Advocate87-89/100
The inky-colored 2015 Cte Rtie includes 10% Viognier and offers a wild, feral style in its earth, peach pit, plum and old wood aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied and nicely textured on the palate, drink it over the coming decade or more.
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About this WINE

Domaine Pierre Gaillard

Domaine Pierre Gaillard

Pierre grew up amongst vines. At 12, he was found ploughing his family vineyard with a horse. He studied winemaking in Montpellier, before buying his first vineyards in 1981. He revived the “Clos de Cuminaille”, an ancient wine growing estate dating back to Roman times.

In recent years, Pierre’s son and daughters have been getting more involved at the domaine; Pierre’s passion and influence still remains at the core of this impressive property situated in the hills of Malleval. As well as being one of the top growers in St Joseph, Pierre is one of a handful of producers realising the potential of the vineyards in Seyssuel in the north of the region. He has over 60 parcels spread over 35 hectares in the Northern Rhône, which makes for an extremely comprehensive overview of all these appellations have to offer. His 2019s show depth, poise, and elegance, with a distinctive note of black pepper running through his various incantations of Syrah.

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Côte-Rôtie is one of the most famous of the northern Rhône appellations, with some single vineyard cuvées now selling for the same prices as First Growth Bordeaux. It is the northernmost outpost of the Syrah grape.

Côte-Rôtie translates as ‘roasted hillside’, as the south-facing slopes are exposed to the maximum-possible sunlight. Vines have been planted here since Roman times, although the appellation was only created in 1940. Today it covers 500 hectares, with 276 hectares of vineyards stretched across eight kilometres.

Phylloxera devastated vineyards in the late 1800s and Côte-Rôtie’s fortunes remained in the doldrums for another century. After the War, a farmer would receive double the price for a kilo of apricots as for a kilo of grapes, hence vineyards were grubbed up and wine production became increasingly smaller.

It has only really been recognised as a top-quality wine-producing area since the 1970s, with Guigal being the main impetus behind its revival. The two best slopes, Côte Brune and Côte Blonde, rise steeply behind Ampuis and overlook the river. The Côte Brune wines are much firmer and more masculine (the soils are clay and ironstone), whereas the Côte Blonde makes wines with more finesse and elegance due to its light, sandy-limestone soil. Both the Côte Brune and Côte Blonde vineyards rise to 1,000 feet, with a gradient of 30 to 50 degrees.

The wines are made from the Syrah grape, however up to 20 percent of Viogner can be used in the blend, adding finesse, elegance and floral characteristics to the wine. Viognier ripens more quickly than Syrah and the appellation rules stipulate that the grapes must be added to the fermentation – rather than blended later. The best Côte-Rôtie are very deep in colour, tannic and spicy, and need 10 years to evolve and develop.

There are nearly 60 official vineyards (lieux-dits); the best-known are: La Mouline, La Chatillonne (Vidal-Fleury, owned by Guigal) and La Garde (Rostaing) in Côte Blonde; La Viallière, (Rostaing), La Landonne (Guigal, Rostaing) and La Turque (Guigal) in Côte Brune.

Styles vary from heavily-extracted tannic wines which need many years to soften through to lighter, supple and less-structured wines which do not require extended bottle ageing. The most famous wines of Côte-Rôtie are Guigal’s three single-vineyard cuvées: La Mouline, La Turque and La Landonne. These are aged in new wood for 48 months, and demand for them amongst connoisseurs and collectors is significant, leading to prices sometimes comparable to Bordeaux First Growths.

Recommended producers: GuigalGerrinRostaingOgierBurgaud
Best vintages: 2006, 2005, 2004, 2001, 1999, 1991, 1990, 1985

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A noble black grape variety grown particularly in the Northern Rhône where it produces the great red wines of Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, and in Australia where it produces wines of startling depth and intensity. Reasonably low yields are a crucial factor for quality as is picking at optimum ripeness. Its heartland, Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, consists of 270 hectares of steeply terraced vineyards producing wines that brim with pepper, spices, tar and black treacle when young. After 5-10 years they become smooth and velvety with pronounced fruit characteristics of damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants and loganberries.

It is now grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others. Its spiritual home in Australia is the Barossa Valley, where there are plantings dating as far back as 1860. Australian Shiraz tends to be sweeter than its Northern Rhône counterpart and the best examples are redolent of new leather, dark chocolate, liquorice, and prunes and display a blackcurrant lusciousness.

South African producers such as Eben Sadie are now producing world- class Shiraz wines that represent astonishing value for money.

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