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Pierre Gaillard Crozes-Hermitage 2009 (Northern Rhone, France)
Pierre Gaillard Crozes-Hermitage 2009 (Northern Rhone, France)


 
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Winery: Pierre Gaillard
Varietal: Syrah
Region: Crozes-Hermitage, Northern Rhone, France
Vintage: 2009
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: GAILLARDCROZESHERMITAGE09-W

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Tasting Notes

Savory, lushly layered and wonderfully balanced—this is one of the more expressive, character-rich Crozes we've ever had and certainly goes to show that this promising appellation has more than come into its own.  What a delicious discovery!  The nose is a riot of aromas, with black cherries and blueberries mixed with chocolate notes and hints of floral lavender.  Saturated and dripping with ripe fruits yet all the while effortlessly balanced; red and black berries blend with cinnamon and a hint of Côte Rôtie bacon fat on the silky mouth.  Bottled unfiltered.

About This Wine:

Pierre Gaillard is one of the most capable craftsmen in the northern Rhône, and the true source of wines from the region's most dynamic, yet still virtually unknown, terroirs.

Gaillard is one of those artisans who never tires, driven by both his passion for greatness as well as the sheer pleasure of creation.  After years training under Maurice Guigal, Gaillard started off on his own with just a few small plots in St. Joseph.

His terroir savvy (and economic smarts) found him scouting out vineyards in Côte Rôtie, many of which had long been abandoned. During one visit we were invited out to one of his plots; watching Gaillard scale what resembled more a cliff than bucolic vineyard, we politely declined and remained in the safety of the cellar.  Billy goat or vigneron?  One needs to be both to make true Côte Rôtie, and there's no question that Gaillard had the energy, and vision, to see his vision through.

We import three individual Gaillard Côte-Rôtie barrel selection bottlings. His "Les Viallieres" shows spicy fruit, with good power and finesse; his "Cote Rozier," right next to the famed "La Landonne," is midnight colored, structured and good for the cellar; "Le Cret" is very aromatic with added Viognier.

Gailard also crafts an outstanding red St.-Joseph, a number of Viogniers and a Roussanne from the Condrieu, St.-Joseph, and Vin de Pays appellations. All our selections are unfiltered, and spend less time in new oak than Gaillard's own bottlings.




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