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NEW GENERATION HITS TOWN, ACTUALLY THE HAMLET OF CHEZ FAVIER above MALLEVAL: PIERRE-ANTOINE GAILLARD, 24, COMMENCED FULL-TIME WORK WITH HIS FATHER PIERRE GAILLARD THIS YEAR. AFTER STINTS IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND, HE WORKED ON THE FAMILY VINEYARDS IN FAUGÈRES. HIS LEANING IS TOWARDS THE VINEYARDS MORE THAN THE CELLAR

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DECEMBER 2014

PIERRE-ANTOINE GAILLARD spoke of the travails the family faced in 2013, more so with the SYRAH crop than the whites, the red grape harvest being “complicated.” “But at least we had more crop than in 2014, when our average of 40 hl/ha in 2013 fell to 30 hl/ha due to the attack of fruit flies – moucherons in French, biological name suzukii - when the grapes were ripening, a blight resulting in rot that had already hit a lot of the vineyards in Switzerland.”

For him, the 2013 whites are very jolis, while his preferred appellation of the vintage is SAINT-JOSEPH. The PIERRE GAILLARD CLOS DE CUMINAILLE SAINT-JOSEPH RED has been a regular quality performer over the years, and the 2013 is as stylish as usual, holding admirably clear fruit.

Meanwhile in the 2013 En Primeur market, merchants are playing it cautiously. The vintage does not carry great advance billing, being in no way a grandiose affair. The style is for openly fruited wines that lack the normal stuffing of the warmest and best vintages. Some importers are not presenting 2013s pre-bottling, while others, such as H2Vin and BERRY BROTHERS (in 2015) have a reduced line-up in prospect.

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2015 DIARY DATES

DÉCOUVERTES EN VALLÉE DU RHÔNE MARCH 2015 2 MARCH TO 5 MARCH 2015 is DÉCOUVERTES EN VALLÉE DU RHÔNE. The format has changed once more, meaning that tasters will now go to the vineyards rather than stay in . . . . .

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SUMMER FESTIVALS

As the summer develops, so the rhythm of events ups its tempo. A recent addition is the SALON DES VINS UN QUATUOR DE VILLAGES which takes place on THURSDAY and FRIDAY 17-18 JULY this year. It . . . . .

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FROM CROZES TO CORNAS, VIA ANJOU

2012 CROZES-HERMITAGE RED: the review of this vintage has been posted under 2012 NORTHERN RHÔNE, THE LEADING WINES. The vintage there is full of fruit and fun in the best examples, with a good showing from . . . . .

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