Pierre Gaillard Saint-Joseph Rouge 2019


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Gaillard’s Saint-Joseph is drawn from several parcels located in the high country of Malleval and Chavanay. The vines all lie, at altitude, in the far north of this sprawling appellation, closer to Vienne and Condrieu than to Tournon-sur-Rhône. The steep, cool soils here have plenty of granite, which contributes to the style of this perfumed and vibrant Syrah. Each parcel is then vinified separately to bring out its own individuality, and to allow more options when assembling the wine. Aged mostly in used Allier and Nevers barrels for 18-20 months, and bottled unfiltered, the restrained used of new oak, just 10%, coupled with the natural freshness and tension of this year’s release gives us a wonderfully lifted example of St Jo. Expect red cherry and wild berry fruit, pulpy texture and ultra-fine tannins. Classy and yet super drinkable.




“This is made with fruit from the northernmost area: Chavanay and Malleval, on east- and southeast-facing granite slopes. The fruit is handharvested, destemmed, fermented, then matured for 18 months in French oak barriques from Allier and Nevers, 10% new. It's a light-bodied style, with subtle and refined tannins, juicy berry acidity and remarkable length given the lightness of touch. A harmonious, subtle, saline, mineral expression - not for long ageing, but for sheer drinkability this is hard to beat. Should be a good value pick among the St-Josephs.”
91 Points
Matt Walls