2018 Pierre Gaillard Cote-Rotie

Rhone Valley, France

Seduction through Syrah - silken Cote Rotie from the northern Rhone that flows with the dark pleasures of chocolate and blackberry.



About the Wine

90% Syrah co-fermented with 10% Viognier, this is a Cote Rotie of class and elegance, spice and depth. Tannins are powerful but ripe and there is real length here - a magic carpet ride for lovers of complex but approachable reds.

100% destemmed fruit,which is a Gaillard hallmark, and aged 18 months in barrique (40% new) and was bottled unfiltered and umambiguously delicious.

About Pierre Gaillard

A true master of Syrah, Pierre Gaillard was part of the Guigal team that created the iconic La Turque. Nowadays he quietly prefers his own Rhone releases from Cote Rotie, Condrieu and Saint Joseph.

Pierre's hallmark is a lightness of touch, a less-is-more approach. Great vineyards, hand-picked, slow elevage - all geared towards revealing terroir in the wines, rather than technique.

Look out for the beautiful impressionist labels too.

Additional Info

From the Producer

The winemaking is carried out according to traditonal Côte-Rôtie techniques. Cap-punching, pumping over and release techniques help to thoroughly extract the strong aromas and the tannins associated with Côte-Rôtie wines.

The small percentage of Viognier brings about additional aromatique complexity, as well as fat, coating the Syrah’s tannins.

Blend : Shiraz (90%), Viognier (10%)
ABV : 14.00%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2032

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Advocate

"I tasted from barrel a couple of parcels that will go into Gaillard's 2018 Cote Rotie. Both were medium to full-bodied, silky and elegant, with ripe tannins, silky mouthfeels and elegant red fruit. Promising stuff." - Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate)


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