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Domaine Pierre Gaillard History, Overview
Domaine Pierre Gaillard is a relatively new producer in the Cote Rotie appellation. The domaine was founded in 1986 with only .25 hectares of vines. If you recall the parable, “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow,” this is clearly what has taken place with Domaine Pierre Gaillard.
Prior to founding his own estate, Pierre Gaillard was experienced in everything to do with Cote Rotie. In fact, Pierre Gaillard helped plant the first vines used in the famous wine of La Turque for Guigal.
Today, Domaine Pierre Gaillard owns a total of 25 hectares in the Northern Rhone. The cellars are situated in the Malleval commune.
Much of their vineyards in Cote Rotie are located in the Cote Rozier lieu-dit, with its steep, granite and schist soils. They also own vines in the La Vialliere, Champet and Fongeant lieux-dits.
Domaine Pierre Gaillard produces wine in Cote Rotie, Condrieu, Crozes Hermitage, Cornas and St. Joseph. In Cote Rotie, the grapes are partially destemmed. The Syrah and Viognier are co-fermented. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel.
The wines are aged in 50-70% new, French oak barrels for between 18 to 20 months. The percentage of new oak and time for barrel aging depends on the cuvee and the character and quality of the vintage. Domaine Pierre Gaillard goes their own way as far as winemaking goes.
They use many modern techniques and they are also willing to experiment. For example, starting with the 2012 vintage they have been using small, clay amphora to vinify a small portion of their wines.
Domaine Pierre Gaillard Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Domaine Pierre Gaillard produces 3 Cote Rotie wines.
Domaine Pierre Gaillard Classique is a blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Viognier from vines planted in the Cote Blonde and Cote Brune. The grapes are partially destemmed. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for an average of 18 months before bottling.
Domaine Pierre Gaillard Rose Pourpre made its debut with the 1995 vintage. The wine is made from 100% Syrah planted in the Cote Rozier vineyard, next to La Landonne. The grapes are partially destemmed. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel.
The wine is a selection of the best barrels from the vineyard in each vintage. The decision as to which casks are going to be used for the Cuvee is not made until a month or so before bottling. The wine is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for between 18 to 20 months before being bottled.
Domaine Pierre Gaillard Cote Rotie Esprit de Blonde is the estate’s most recent offering. The wine made its debut with the 2011 vintage. The wine is made from a blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier from vines that are on average, more than 40 years of age. Although, the blend can vary slightly in select vintages.
As the name implies, the vineyard is located on the Cote Blonde. The grapes are destemmed. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine is then aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for an average of 18 to 20 months before bottling.
The parcel of vines used to produce Pierre Gaillard Cote Rotie Esprit de Blonde is only .6 hectares, so as you would expect, the production is tiny, with about 175 cases of wine being produced in an average year.
Domaine Pierre Gaillard continues to change and update their portfolio of wines quite often. The following Pierre Gaillard Cote Rotie wines were produced at one point, but are no longer being made today; Brune et Blonde, Cote Rozier Reserve, Le Crete Reserve Blonde and La Vallieres.
It’s possible that some of the cuvees offered by North Berkeley Imports are unique and were only made available to the American market.
Previously, Domaine Pierre Gaillard produced a Brune et Blonde Cote Rotie, but that wine is no longer in production. It was replaced by the Domaine Pierre Gaillard Classique.
Domaine Pierre Gaillard also makes high quality wine in other Northern Rhone appellations. They produce wine in the Condrieu, Cornas, St. Joseph and Crozes Hermitage appellations.
When to Drink Domaine Pierre Gaillard, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Domaine Pierre Gaillard, when young, should be decanted at least 1-3 hours, give or take, allowing the wines to soften and open their perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Domaine Pierre Gaillard is usually better with 7-9 years of cellaring and should be at its best between 10-20 years of age.
Serving Domaine Pierre Gaillard with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Domaine Pierre Gaillard is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Domaine Pierre Gaillard is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Domaine Pierre Gaillard is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Condrieu, the white wine of Domaine Pierre Gaillard is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.
Pierre Gaillard Wine Tasting Notes
4 Vintages 9074 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2010||Pierre Gaillard (Côte-Rôtie)|
Young, bright, crisp, fresh black raspberries, cherry, earth, pepper and a hint of espresso in the nose. Medium/full bodied, with a finish of fresh, sweet, earthy cherries is a pleasure. Another 4-5 years will of bottle age will add a lot to the wine.
3712 Views Tasted Aug 31, 2015
|2003||Pierre Gaillard Rose Pourpre (Côte-Rôtie)|
Fresh, peppy, plush, floral and fun to taste, the stony kirsch, smoke, earth, spice and black raspberries smell great and feel even better.
2020 Views Tasted Jan 29, 2015
|1999||Pierre Gaillard Le Cret Côte Blonde (Côte-Rôtie)|
This Cote Roite offers truffle, garrigue, wild cherry, black raspberry, provencal herbs, bacon fat, earth and Persian Mulberry scents. Rich, fat, sexy, dense and concentrated, this lush, stylish wine feels great as it drapes over your palate before ending with a long, fresh, kirsch and black cherry liqueur finish. It's always interesting when you open a wine that was both, the first and last bottle of this wine in my cellar.
1501 Views Tasted Aug 1, 2010
|1999||Pierre Gaillard Viallieres (Côte-Rôtie)|
With an earthy, tart cherry, stone, floral, herb and spicy nose, this medium bodied wine seems to have dropped some of its fruit since it was last tasted. This has taken on a more lean, bright personality since it was last tasted. Drink up.
1841 Views Tasted May 17, 2012