Domaine Pierre Gaillard, Côte Rotie 2014
Appellation: Côte Rotie
Region: Northern Rhône
Varietal(s): 90% Syrah, 10% Viognier
About The ProducerPierre Gaillard is considered to be one of France’s top wine producers in the Northern Rhone, whose business is centered in the medieval town of Malleval. His first acquisition was a parcel of land in the St Joseph appellation, “Le Clos de Cuminaille”.
Terroir & Vineyard Practices:Gaillard’s Côte Rôtie comes from 5 hectares on the hillsides near Ampuis. The vines face south and southwest on Cote Brune and Cote Blonde. All the fruit is harvested by hand with a strict selection so that only the ripest berries make it into the final blend.
Tasting NotesThis aromatic and enchantingly textured Côte Rôtie is a traditional blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Viognier. It has smoky aromas with a mid-palate freshness and a fleshy fruitiness. The Viognier comes from a parcel at Fongeant on the Côte Blonde. It not only stabilizes the wine’s color, but it adds the beloved high-toned aromatics. Côte Rôtie is wine that demands patience. It is dark, almost black, with a sold tannic backbone that will add complexity and length with time. It will start to reveal it’s earthy, leathery flavors as it develops with age.
VinificationThe winemaking is carried out according to traditional Côte-Rôtie techniques. Hand-harvested and sorted. Total destemming. Cold maceration before and after fermentation. The fermenting must is both cap-punched and pumped over to ensure the good extraction of tannins and aromatics. Malolactic fermentation is carried out in oak barrels. Each parcel is vinified separately then blended. Aged 18 months in fine oak barrels (50% new) with oxygenation every 4 months. Ageing potential 10-15 years.
- 17.5/20 - JancisRobinson.com: "90% Syrah, 10% Viognier. Deep crimson. Fine aroma of pure dark Syrah fruit with a wild garrigue side enhancing the freshness. Intense purity but there’s restraint too. Peppery and lithe, very supple but well structured. Peppery perfume on the mid palate, long and so fluid. Drink 2017-2026." - JancisRobinson.com
- "Juicy, fresh and lively, with an old-school feel in its vibrant plum, spring flowers, olives and leafy herb aromas and flavors, the 2014 Côte Rôtie (90/10 Syrah and Viognier) is medium-bodied, has bright acidity and a clean, enjoyable style. It should drink well through 2024."- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate