2018 Cornas, Domaine Pierre Gaillard, Rhône

2018 Cornas, Domaine Pierre Gaillard, Rhône

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2018 Cornas, Domaine Pierre Gaillard, Rhône

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Description

This blend includes some old-vine Syrah from a small, family-owned parcel that is east-facing with granite soils. Bacon fat, purple and bramble fruit fill the nose, with hints of sweet spice and smoke from new oak. The tannins are firm and chewy, while the concentration on the mid-palate is indicative of the wine’s innate quality. Black olive, blueberry and pepper continue on the finish. Drink 2022-2035.

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Wine Advocate86/100
Lighter weight, with bright acidity, the 2011 Cornas offers hints of spring flowers and black and blue fruit qualities. Charming, medium-bodied and straight forward, drink it over the coming couple of years.
Jeb Dunnuck - 30/12/2013 Read more

About this WINE

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 ’20s direct from barrel and tank alongside Pierre’s son, Pierre-Antoine. His various incarnations of Syrah had the refined, elegant style and notes of fresh herbs – very common to this vintage. Unlike some of our producers, Pierre uses new oak in his winemaking; utilised in a way that complements the wine and certainly doesn’t dominate.

The whites on offer are from the ’21 vintage. While they were still finishing their malolactic fermentation and were not yet in their final blend, the composites showed great promise, with zesty fruit and freshness. This will form a perfect backbone for the balanced use of oak and lees stirring usually seen during maturation.

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Cornas

Cornas

Cornas is a small appellation, just 150 hectares, located south of St Joseph. It’s on the west side of the river. The name “Cornas” comes from an old Celtic dialect term, meaning “burnt land”, so it’s no surprise that on the steep terraces here, facing south, temperatures are significantly higher than those in Hermitage, which is just 7km away.

The granite soils are home to the Syrah grape, producing reds that sit somewhere between those of Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. These are strong and powerful wines, with nervy acidity and a robust, rustic charm to them. Their prominent tannins mean that they often demand time in the cellar to express their underlying elegance and complexity.

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Syrah/Shiraz

Syrah/Shiraz

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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