Pierre Gaillard, Saint Joseph Rouge ‘Clos de Cuminaille’ 2016

£24.50 (75cl)

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100 % Syrah Chavanay sourced from 3 hectares. 1st planted 1981. Soils decomposed granite facing east. Handpicked harvest, sorting of most healthy/well-ripened grapes. Total destemming. Cold maceration pre-ferment followed by alcoholic ferment at 35°C.Ferment must cap-punched 3 times & pumped over once a day. Maceration @ 30°C after fermentation. Malo in barrels. Matured 18 mths in Allier & Nevers barrels (40 % new). Oxygenation every 4 months.

Tasting note

Fresh and strong.

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.

Jancis Robinson (Purple Pages jancisrobinson.com):

Excellent spiciness on the nose, with juicy blackberry fruit and a long, refreshing, elegant persistence. Refined and balanced – what it might lack in concentration it makes up for with perfume. (RH) Points: 17. Date Tasted: 15/11/2017

Decanter Magazine (decanter.com):

Vivid violets and loganberries, really high-toned and fragrant. Medium-bodied, with enough fruit this year and a dry, mineral, chiselled finish. Light on the extraction, bright in fruit, with a textural palate. It's not for those looking for weight and power, it's a transparent style both in fruit and structure - featherlight but compelling. (Tasted by Matt Walls) Points: 92. Date Tasted: 09/10/2017

Jeb Dunnuck (jebdunnuck.com):

I loved the 2016 Saint Joseph Clos De Cuminaillel. It's beautifully pure and polished, yet has tons of granite induced minerality and a classic profile. Black and blue fruits, peppery spice and violets notes all flow to a silky, seamless, medium-bodied red that will drink nicely on release. (Jeb Dunnuck) Points: 90-92. Date Tasted: 01/24/2018

Regions Vintage Report:

“After an exceptional 2015 vintage it’s difficult to believe that 2016 could match up to let alone deliver wines of superior quality. It was quite different in the North with fresher, fragrant whites and more subtle and elegant reds. But for once the South is where sublime wines were produced with some of the most impressive wines I have ever tasted! And to make things better they are not overly rich or heavy, but rather exceptionally balanced. Volumes are reasonable, especially compared to 2017 where quantities are very often 50% down on average” Christian Honorez DirectorThe North Following the superlative 2015 vintage it would be easy to downgrade 2016 wines. Of course, they do not have the intensity and ripeness of last year’s wines but they make up for it with beautiful fruit and great balance. One does not always look for muscle and structure in the North and many beautiful wines are produced in balanced vintages like 2016. Do not get me wrong, 2016 isn’t a weak and lean vintage, far from it, but the best wines are those capturing the essence of the Syrah grown in that part of France; perfumed, elegant and savoury. Moreover, of course a slightly cooler year benefitted the whites that are incredibly perfumed, rich but not overly ripe. The South It was difficult not to notice the broad smiles and the joy after the 2016 vintage. Two magnificent vintages producing decent yields will certainly help the producer’s cash flow, especially after a few challenging vintages and the prospect of notably reduced volumes in 2017. The whites are rich, perfumed with enough freshness to carry the ripeness through. Many of them will evolve beautifully for several years, but of course, the ‘piece de resistance’ are the magnificent reds. Ripe, juicy, with just enough structure, elegant tannins and a good dose of freshness; I cannot remember having tasted so many great wines from a single vintage. The easiest ones are so appealing that I wanted to decant them into a bottle to drink the same day, despite knowing that they will last and improve for many years. Some wines are a touch more austere and will require 2 or 3 years cellaring, but for many of us the problem will be to resist the charm and appeal of these young wines. I will certainly buy as much as possible to enjoy over the next 10+ years.Christian Honorez, Director November 2017©adVINture 2020

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