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Pierre Gaillard, 2011 Vintage

I’ve already written up a couple of Gaillard wines this year, led by the delicious 2012 Condrieu from Pierre Gaillard, and also this week’s ‘Weekend Wine’, an appealing 2012 Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah from Pierre’s daughter, Jeanne. Here are notes on three other wines recently tasted, all barrel samples sent over to the UK:

Pierre Gaillard St Joseph 2011: Fresh and smoky character on the nose, scents of blackberry and raspberry on toast, quite pure, bright and defined, with a slightly crystalline but ripe edge to the fruit. Cool and fresh on the palate, bright, pure, a lightly chalky edge to the texture, with good grip and savoury bite. Great freshness to it. Plum skin and cherry stone notes. Cool, with restrained texture, and a sappy, savoury finish. Really appealing but speaks of a very cool style. 15-16/20 (May 2013)

Pierre Gaillard, 2011 Vintage

Pierre Gaillard St Joseph Clos de Cuminaille 2011: Fresh, fairly dark hue here, and a smoky berry fruit with nuances of oaky, chocolate-tinged coffee. A gentle texture though the middle, the fruit playing second fiddle to the wood here. This shows a slightly medicinal cherry character, with nuances of smoky bacon. A fresh and rather dry finish, with some woody, slightly bitter grip to it. I think I might prefer the more restrained fruit character of the St Joseph, but maybe this will absorb the oak given time. 15-16/20 (May 2013)

Pierre Gaillard Cote-Rotie 2011: A matt, rather claretty hue, with a moderate concentration of pigment. The nose opens out to reveal some classic young Syrah fruit, blackberries with that very typical twist of brown-sugar sweetness, nuanced with thyme, liquorice and fennel, and also a little floral perfume. The palate carries some lightly spiced, cedar-tinged fruit, with a lightly crunchy edge. Fresh, and showing early oak-tinged complexity. Some good potential here. 15.5-16.5/20 (May 2013)

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