Pierre Gaillard, Saint Joseph Blanc 2018

£24.00 (75cl)

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SKU: RHGA0418B

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Sourced from 2.3 hectares of vines in Chavanay and Malleval. Soil is decomposed granite. Hand harvested and sorted. Fermentation and malolactic fermentation in barrel. Maturation for 7-8 months in barrel, 5% new.

Tasting note

Unlike many producers who make their Saint Joseph Blanc from a blend of Marsanne and Roussanne, Pierre Gaillard's Saint Joseph Blanc is made from 100% Roussanne. Pierre believes that this brings greater complexity and richness to his wines: lots of honeysuckle, white peach, apricot, and minerality all along.

Food pairing

This delicious example of wines that come from this appellation will have what it takes the match a flavourful classic rich dish like a Hearty Tartiflette from Savoie!

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):

The orange-scented, truffled, honey-laden 2018 Saint Joseph Blanc has that "it" factor. Full-bodied, rich and silky, it's harmonious and exotic, with ample concentration and length. It should provide delicious drinking over the next few years, perhaps longer. (Joe Czerwinski) Points: 93. 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

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