Pierre Gaillard, Côtes du Rhône Viognier ‘Les Gendrines’ 2018
About the wine
Chavanay sourced from 1.5 hectares, Malleval & Limony. Soil is decomposed granite. Hand-harvested & sorted. Fermentation & malolactic fermentation in barrel. Maturation 7-8 months in barrel, 5% new.
Fresh, floral and fruity. Derived from granite-laden slopes.
About the producer
Pierre Gaillard continues to produce some of the most stunning wines from his 25ha domaine near Malleval. Handling the Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne and Syrah with the same gifted care, he offers a very fine and wide range of wines. We are only importing a limited selection from his superlative collection. When he is not busy in the Northern Rhône, he is helping his daughters, Jeanne in Crozes Hermitage and Elise in Banyuls, whilst even finding time to run a small estate in Faugères.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate (robertparker.com):From east-facing parcels in Saint Joseph planted to Viognier, the 2018 Cotes du Rhone les Gendrines is one of the more exciting whites in the Gaillard stable. The granite soils are similar to Condrieu, but Viognier isn't permitted in Saint Joseph, hence the modest Cotes du Rhone appellation. It's cool, fresh and floral, with refreshing hints of mint set against a backdrop of plump, fleshy stone fruit. It's medium to full-bodied, with a long, lively finish. (Joe Czerwinski) Points: 92. Issue Date: 31/01/2020
Regions Vintage Report:A year defined by a very wet spring but a warm and dry summer with very different results. The whites have generally less alcohol and are successful across the region while the reds, more affected by the climate, express a multitude of styles. Once again the yields were low and a few producers hardly made any wine! The North The region wasn’t as badly affected by the rain and being located on steep hills many of the best vineyards have great drainage potential. There was a little mildew but quite limited compared to the South and the yields are correct. The whites are fresher than 2017, rich, aromatic but with good tension. The reds are concentrated but balanced with enough structure to guarantee ageing. Their ripeness makes them charming and very appealing already but, thanks to the concentration due to the relatively low yields, they are not light and the best examples will age very well. Overall it’s an extremely good vintage with a few exceptional wines. The South The year was complicated: the rain started late March and didn’t stop until June. Working in the vineyards was very difficult; treating against the diseases like mildew was a real challenge that many organic but also conventional producers lost resulting in very low yields. Some vineyards and appellations were more affected, especially when there is a large clay content in the soil. Fortunately the summer was dry, quite hot, and the healthier vines produced nicely ripened fruit. The wines are generally charming and very appealing now without a huge concentration of tannins but they have good balance and enough structure to age, especially for the better vineyards and the east of the region, less affected by the weather. Knowing about the difficulties encountered by the producers I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the wines, many showing delicate and charming styles with early potential. They are not as rich and powerful as the 2015, 2016 and some of the 2017 vintages but will be more satisfying to many drinkers, especially when consumed young as it so often happens.Christian Honorez, Director February 2020©adVINture 2020