Domaine Pierre Gaillard, Côte Rotie 2016
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.
- 90-92 points - Jeb Dunnuck: “The 2016 Côte Rôtie is another potentially outstanding barrel sample. Spice, flowers, bacon fat, and classic raspberry fruit notes flow to a medium-bodied, fresh, nicely balanced 2016 that has loads to love. A blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Viognier aged 30% new oak, it’s going to drink nicely right out of the gate.”- JebDunnuck.com
- 17.5/20 - JancisRobinson.com: "90% Syrah, 10% Viognier. Violet perfume, ripe blackberry and vanilla spice. Loads of elegance and poise, and the Viognier gives delicious life and scent. Intense fruit concentration on the finish. Drink 2018-2036."- JancisRobinson.com