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Pierre Gaillard Cote Rotie "Les Viallieres" Cuvee Unique 2009 (Northern Rhone, France)
Pierre Gaillard "Les Viallieres" Cuvee Unique Cote Rotie 2009 (Cote Rotie, Northern Rhone, France)


 
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Winery: Pierre Gaillard
Varietal: Syrah
Region: Cote Rotie, Northern Rhone, France
Vintage: 2009
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: GAILLARDCOTEROTIEVIALLIERE09-W

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About This Wine (2007 vintage):

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.

What Does It Taste Like?

The sensual perfumes of “Viallieres” are always intoxicating. This very steep vineyard is knee-deep in schist—chiseled, sharp stones that add a stony minerality and incredible perfume to the wine—and is virtually identical to the terroir of nearby “La Landonne.” White pepper and rich floral notes show on the nose, a reflection of the 20% added Viognier, the top limit for the appellation. The mouth is all purple cream, with sweet cassis notes and plenty of peppery energy.




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