100% Roussanne, 6 months in oak 10% new. This wine was pristine, pretty florals, zesty and a hint nutty. It has lovely texture and is almost perfectly balanced. The more you drink this wine the more layers and nuances it shows, it could be thought of as simple on first tasting though. Drink now or over the next 3-5 years. Match with crayfish if you’re feeling indulgent.
Learning his trade at Vidal Fleury and then Guigal, Pierre Gaillard struck out on his own in 1985 to make stunning Cote Rotie, St-Joseph and Condrieu. His wines are a lovely blend of clean fruit, pure fragrance and they strongly speak of where they are from. The Australian allocation doesn’t last very long because the quality is undeniable.
Saint-Joseph – The terraced vineyards on the right bank of the Rhone Valley. This appellation is the largest area by land size but second to Crozes in total land under vines. Mostly gutsy reds from Syrah with some Marsanne and/or Roussanne which have a lesser need to age than Hermitage or Cote Rotie. There is also production of charming whites from Marsanne and/or Roussanne.
Roussanne– One of the grapes, along with Marsanne, that add texture, structure and sobriety to the Rhone Valley’s ostentatious Viognier. Without their flamboyant partner the wines tend to be rich, understated but very well balanced. In the right hands there is amazing perfume and fruit to be coaxed out.