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DOMAINES PIERRE GAILLARD

LVT 2017 r 2017 wh These are sound, cleanly made wines from a domaine in the northern sector of St-Joseph. Elegance comes through and they can be followed by lovers of stylish fruit with an oak topping. I find some of the wines in the mid-2010s functional, light - the St-Joseph red, for instance. Pierre Gaillard worked for several years in the Guigal Côte-Rôtie vineyards. The emphasis has been on oak - young or new oak is used to raise all the wines, but since the early 2010s the new oak proportion has dropped by some way, which is welcome. Gaillard's handling of oak is better than many, and his wines can integrate well. Cellar methods are modern. His trio of 2015 Côte-Rôties saw two ****(*) and one **** wine, pre-bottling. There were some improved or back on form reds among his 2017 reds, the St Jo Clos de Cuminaille regaining some of its early splendour as a ****(*) wine, while the entry level Côte-Rôtie red was a good **** wine - both of these better value than the more expensive cuvées.

Pierre has a good touch with his whites. The Condrieu is full and oily, with reliable quality. The 100% Roussanne Saint-Joseph was a muscular, deep ****(*) wine in 2015. The sweet wines, including the accomplished Vin de Paille Jeanne Elise are very good, a cut above many of these, showing better integration of the ripe fruit and the sugar than most.

Pierre Gaillard, son Pierre-Antoine, chez Favier 42520 Malleval

Tel: +33(0)474 87 13 10

http://www.domainespierregaillard.com

vinsp.gaillard@wanadoo.fr

Countries exported to:1) Great Britain & USA 3) Belgium

Percentage Exported: 50%

British Importers: Lea & Sandeman, 170 Fulham Road, London SW10 9PR, +44(0)207 244 0522, www.londonfinewine.co.uk H&H Bancroft, 29 Mill St, London SE1 2BQ, +44(0)207 232 5440 www.bancroftwines.com H2Vin Ltd 22 Melton Road Whissendine Rutland LE15 7EU +441737 355 765 www.h2vin.co.uk info@h2vin.co.uk

USA Importers: North Berkeley Imports, 1601 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley, CA 94709, +1(800) 266 6585, retail@northberkeleyimports.com www.northberkeleyimports.com