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Crozes-Hermitage Rouge, Pierre Gaillard 2021



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75cl ALC 14%


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France, Rhône Valley, Northern Rhône

Still Red

100% Syrah

Medium-bodied

Drink or Keep

2020

Lamb Cutlets

14%

75cl

Pierre Gaillard

Pierre Gaillard makes fabulous wines. You trek up some of the steepest slopes in Saint-Joseph to find the village of Malleval. This is Pierre’s choice spot as it had largely been abandoned in the 70s/80s due to the difficulty cultivating the steep slopes meaning the land was affordable and available!

Born in Lyon, Pierre studied agriculture which is where he came across, and fell in love with, Oenology. Over many years he has perfected his knowledge and skills in both the vineyard and winery, he minimises his intervention, uses organic fertilisers, no insecticides but won’t be certified. We like this practical, individual approach. This is now a true family affair, all three children – Jeanne, Elize and Pierre-Anton – are now making their own wines, in Rhône and further afield and taking a greater role in the vineyard management. There is no particular ‘house style’ although some high-quality oak is apparent when you first taste, but Pierre makes all the wines to express the individual terroir – handpicking parcel by parcel, vinifying separately – the aim being to demonstrate precision and purity with clear fruity aromas and refined tannin. We are big fans, and the critics are too.

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Vintage guide

The 2022 vintage looks to be excellent for the North and South of the region which both excelled in the hot conditions this year. The 2021 vintage has seen some good results particularly in the North where attractive, aromatic, elegant wines have been made. The wines from the 2020 vintage look to be a little fresher and more approachable in their youth than those of 2019 which is a high-quality vintage with yields on a par with 2018. Another good result along the valley in 2018, though the South had more disease problems to contend with, as mildew affected the thinner-skinned Grenache more than other varieties. Quality was high but the yields were down. An early harvest produced some intense wines in 2017 for both the North and the South of the region, though uneven flowering in both reduced yields considerably. 2016 in both Northern and Southern Rhône has produced excellent results, and the South has it by a whisker this year, the opposite of 2015. 2015 is terrific, particularly for the North’s Syrah, no problems and decent yields too. An ideal growing season, that was even hotter than 2003 in the daytime but with cooler nights and just enough rainfall to prevent problems in the vineyards. Both whites and reds are excellent. 2014 is not an easy vintage to generalise about but whites are super, reds are very pure with lovely aromatics, and, in the South, as in 2013, Syrah and Mourvèdre have done better than Grenache. In common with most of Europe, 2013 started late but a dry second half of the season resulted in some excellent wines particularly Syrah from the North.

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