2019 Pierre Gaillard Saint-Joseph Rouge 375ml

Pierre Gaillard |Northern Rhone Valley |Shiraz
Exemplary Saint-Joseph from a legend of the Northern Rhone. A clean-living finely-structured Syrah.

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Description

A perfumed, mid-weight Rhone Syrah from the relatively cool slopes in the north of the Saint Joseph appellation.

As are all his Syrahs, Pierre Gaillard's St Jo is all destemmed, and sees the barest amount of new oak.

A fine-tuned, velvety wine, as much as a Syrah can be, with punchy red fruit flavours, and a stoney touch to the finish.

Gaillard’s Saint-Joseph rouge is drawn from several parcels located in the high country of Malleval and Chavanay, in the far north of this sprawling appellation—closer to Vienne and Condrieu than to Tournon-sur-Rhône. The steep, cool soils here have plenty of granite, which contributes to the mineral cut of this perfumed and vibrant Syrah. In 2019, each parcel was vinified separately, aging was mostly in used Allier and Nevers barrels for 18 months and the wine was bottled unfiltered.


With good structure and silky tannins, this is as open and friendly as the grower himself—primed for instant drinking appeal. The high elevation of the vineyards sings through on the palate, lifting the wine’s textured layers of black cherry, floral notes and sweet brown spices. The twist of freshness on the vibrant and intense finish is particularly well captured. On current showing this is quite possibly our favourite vintage shipped for some time.

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.

Pierre Gaillard - Saint-Joseph, Rhone Valley

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