2012 Côte-Rôtie, Domaine Pierre Gaillard

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A barrel –tasting chez Gaillard can be a lengthy, if pleasurable, experience, as Pierre is keen to demonstrate the differences in each of his many plots, which cover both the Blonde and the Brune ends of the appellation. The final blend will include 10% Viognier and will be characteristically robust, with violet aromatics and a fulsome ripe mid-palate, and hints of chocolate and Asian spice on the finish. Simon Field MW, Rhône Wine Buyer Pierre Gaillard’s bluff exterior belies one of the keenest and most highly-respected minds in the valley. His projects in Collioure, Banyuls, Faugères and