2011 Cornas, Domaine Pierre Gaillard

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Old vines inherited from Marcel Juge and located on the mid-Coteaux above the village. This is an earthy, gamey, smoky style of Cornas wines rustic tannins and with plentiful notes of white chocolate, truffles and blackberries. Pierre describes the 2011 vintage as complicated, ironically as a result of the warm spring, which advanced the cycle so much that it set things out of kilter for the more normal temperatures at other times during the season. Nonetheless, he is satisfied with the results. He detects equilibrium, a ‘Golden Mean’ perhaps, which happily combines elegance and power, its hi