2022 Domaine Pierre Gaillard Saint Joseph Blanc
The Collective Review
Be it a Saint-Joseph, Côte-Rôtie or one of the Domaine’s fleshy whites, we’re yet to have a bottle of Gaillard let us down, just as we are yet to meet a wine lover who has not been anything less than delighted to share a bottle of this grower’s wine
“Yellow robe; peach, apricot juice, quince airs show on the friendly nose, a dab of mineral. The palate has a flattering debut, is soft and peachy, hints of white strawberry in a tender, quiet close. It has an up in the air manner.” John Livingstone-Learmonth, Drink Rhône Read more
“Yellow robe; peach, apricot juice, quince airs show on the friendly nose, a dab of mineral. The palate has a flattering debut, is soft and peachy, hints of white strawberry in a tender, quiet close. It has an up in the air manner.” John Livingstone-Learmonth, Drink Rhône
- Producer: Pierre Gaillard
- Varietal: Grenache Blanc
- Region: Saint Joseph
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Net volume: 750ml
- Vintage: 2022
It’s a lovely release pitched between stone-fruited fleshy richness and bright, savoury structure. It’s an intense, creamy-textured wine where herbs and blossom have the upper hand over spicy, yellow plum and nutty lees notes. And there’s a delicious umami thing going on, too. Complex and seductive, this is already drinking deliciously.
Even in the Rhône, single-varietal Roussanne is a rare bird. Jean-Baptiste Souillard, a young producer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the region, recently estimated there are only 10 or so producers who do not blend their Roussanne with Marsanne. Made entirely from Roussanne (and inspired by a tasting of Beaucastel’s Vieilles Vignes Châteauneuf early on in Gaillard’s career), this is one of those wines that make you question that logic.
The grapes were drawn from several low-yielding sites situated in the far north of the appellation: the relatively cool granite plateau of Malleval at Les Dries; on the slopes of Malleval at Chartres; and finally, from Les Vessettes in Chavanay. The wine spent eight months in used Allier and Nevers barrels sourced from growers in Chassagne and Pouilly-Fuissé.
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