Pierre Gaillard Dans La Neige Cotes Du Rhône Blanc, France, 2017
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Pierre Gaillard Dans La Neige Cotes Du Rhône Blanc, France, 2017

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Overview of the Wine

Pierre Gaillard son of a railwayman, yet at 12 years he had already planted his own vines and plowed the vineyards on horseback. He then followed a course studied viticulture and oenology in Burgundy . he started as vineyard manager in the Rhone valley, but soon he feels the need to plant his own vineyards. In 1981 he planted the Clos de Cuminaille then gradually bought and replanted different hills across the northern Rhone Valley. Today, Pierre Gaillard produces Cote Rotie, St Joseph, Condrieu, Cornas, Crozes Hermitage and St Peray on a farm of 25ha. He also extended Faugères, Banyuls and Collioure where the shale slopes remind him of the Côte Rôtie. His wife and children followed in his adventure and now are in family areas managing vineyards…each bringing his jurisdiction to that of the vine to the glass everything happens for the best.

Grape / Blend

65% Northern St. Joseph Roussanne, 35% Condrieu (Viognier) 

Origin

Rhône, France

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

Aged in all neutral oak barrels for 12 months, this elegant wine offers notes of acacia, honeysuckle, white peach and spice. Perfect for food pairing with its seamless texture, purity of fruit and clean finish. It is great with any tomato based food as well as saffron.

91 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
The 2017 Côtes du Rhône Blanc is a beauty, with Condrieu-like notes of tart apricot, white flowers, and a hint of minerality to go with a medium-bodied, layered, beautifully textured style on the palate. This is what you call a smoking value. The blend is one-third each of Viognier (from Condrieu), Roussanne, and Marsanne, and it was brought up all in neutral oak.


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