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2015 PIERRE GAILLARD SAINT JOSEPH ROUGE 750ML

2015 PIERRE GAILLARD SAINT JOSEPH ROUGE 750ML

Region: France
Varietal: Syrah

Vintage: 2015

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Gaillard's Saint Joseph is drawn from several parcels located in Cote Bellay, Malleval and Buis. The vines all lie in the far north of this sprawling appellation, closer to Vienne and Condrieu than to Tournon sur Rhone. The steep, cool soils here have plenty of granite, which contributes to the style of this perfumed and vibrant Syrah. The individual vineyard parcels are kept separate and are mostly destemmed before crushing. Each parcel is then vinified separately to bring out its own individuality, and to allow more options when assembling the wine. In short, Bellay brings finesse which is complemented by the spicy power of the Malleval wines and juicy, primary fruit from Buis. The final wine is then aged in Allier and Nevers barrels, only 20% new, for 18 20 months, and is bottled unfiltered. The high altitude of Gaillard's vines really count for something in warm growing seasons like 2015 and while this is a mouth filling, supple Saint Jo, it retains a bright and pure persona. Expect layers of pure, fleshy blackberry fruit tempered by fine tannins and ample brightness. A winner.

TASTING NOTES: "Another classic wine from this estate, the 2015 Saint Joseph is peppery and meaty, with plenty of earthy, spicy nuances, medium to full bodied richness and sweet tannin. It's a rock solid St Joseph to enjoy over the coming 8 10 years." Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate #228

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