2013 Côte-Rôtie, Domaine Pierre Gaillard

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Tasting the various barrels before the final assemblage really underlines the difference between the so-called Blonde and Brune vineyards, the former softer, finer and more elegant, the latter with sinewy power and ageing potential. Beton and Viallière are two key vineyards in the respective zones. The assembled whole, of course, is greater than the sum of its parts, justly celebrated as one of the leading examples in the appellation. Simon Field MW - Rhône Buyer The Medieval village of Malleval, perched high above the serpentine Rhône, provides a suitably lofty homestead for Pierre Gaillard,