Domaine Pierre Gaillard
- France Rhône
The two Vin de Pays wines listed here are made further South by his eldest daughter, Jeanne, who caught the winemaking bug after misbehaving as a child and marking her punishment with work in the vineyard. Luckily this rocky start worked in her favour and these wines now form a seamless segue into her father`s AOP range. Pierre owns 2.5 hectares of Condrieu, located in Chéry, Côte Bellay, Gonon and Boissey where the soils are mostly granitic; the wine is aged in a small proportion of new oak for seven months during which he stirs the lees once a week.
Fruit for the Saint-Joseph comes from parcels all over the family`s estate, along with a proportion that is sourced from other local growers, with the purpose of making a wine to truly embody the spirit of Saint-Joseph. Conversely, the Saint-Joseph Clos de Cuminaille puts a magnifying glass on a specific hillside terroir of the same name, to demonstrate its unique quality potential. For his Côte-Rôtie, in which he was taught his art by Marcel Guigal during the early 1980`s, the vines are located on more schist-heavy soils, and he tends to use between 10% and 15% Viognier. He ages his wines in 30% and 50% new oak casks for up to 20 months. His special cuvée, Côte-Rôtie `Rose Pourpre` is sourced from Syrah vines in Côte Rozier and undergoes a similar ageing but using 100% new oak.
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