Pierre Gaillard, Côte-Rôtie Esprit de Blonde Magnum 2016

£183.00 (150cl)

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Pierre Gaillard continues to produce some of the most stunning wines from his 25ha domaine near Malleval. Handling the Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne and Syrah with the same gifted care, he offers a very fine and wide range of wines. We are only importing a limited selection from his superlative collection. When he is not busy in the Northern Rhône, he is helping his daughters, Jeanne in Crozes Hermitage and Elise in Banyuls, whilst even finding time to run a small estate in Faugères.

Jancis Robinson (Purple Pages jancisrobinson.com):

Wow! What a stunning nose, with beef, liquorice, leather, black fruit, and menthol character. Absolutely sublime. Has a soft structure that could be enjoyed right now, but will doubtless become even more complex with time. One of the best Côte Rôties of the vintage. (RH) Points: 19. Date Tasted: 15/11/2017

Decanter Magazine (decanter.com):

An incredibly vibrant nose that sings with clove, raspberry, incense and star-anise - both from fruit and from oak - but these remarkably complex aromas really work. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has juicy red berry fruits and a piercing raspberry acidity. There is considerable oak influence that is very well integrated, and the wine finishes dry. A remarkable and seductively fragrant expression of Syrah. (Tasted by Matt Walls) Points: 94. Date Tasted: 09/10/2017

Jeb Dunnuck (jebdunnuck.com):

The 2016 Côte Rôtie Esprit De Blonde is even more floral (there’s 5% Viognier) and offers pretty raspberry and violet notes intermixed with exotic spice, potpourri and meaty, bacon fat notions. It has bright acidity and a lively, fresh style that’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring. (Jeb Dunnuck) Points: 90-92. Date Tasted: 24/01/2018

Regions Vintage Report:

“After an exceptional 2015 vintage it’s difficult to believe that 2016 could match up to let alone deliver wines of superior quality. It was quite different in the North with fresher, fragrant whites and more subtle and elegant reds. But for once the South is where sublime wines were produced with some of the most impressive wines I have ever tasted! And to make things better they are not overly rich or heavy, but rather exceptionally balanced. Volumes are reasonable, especially compared to 2017 where quantities are very often 50% down on average” Christian Honorez Director The North Following the superlative 2015 vintage it would be easy to downgrade 2016 wines. Of course, they do not have the intensity and ripeness of last year’s wines but they make up for it with beautiful fruit and great balance. One does not always look for muscle and structure in the North and many beautiful wines are produced in balanced vintages like 2016. Do not get me wrong, 2016 isn’t a weak and lean vintage, far from it, but the best wines are those capturing the essence of the Syrah grown in that part of France; perfumed, elegant and savoury. Moreover, of course a slightly cooler year benefitted the whites that are incredibly perfumed, rich but not overly ripe. The South It was difficult not to notice the broad smiles and the joy after the 2016 vintage. Two magnificent vintages producing decent yields will certainly help the producer’s cash flow, especially after a few challenging vintages and the prospect of notably reduced volumes in 2017. The whites are rich, perfumed with enough freshness to carry the ripeness through. Many of them will evolve beautifully for several years, but of course, the ‘piece de resistance’ are the magnificent reds. Ripe, juicy, with just enough structure, elegant tannins and a good dose of freshness; I cannot remember having tasted so many great wines from a single vintage. The easiest ones are so appealing that I wanted to decant them into a bottle to drink the same day, despite knowing that they will last and improve for many years. Some wines are a touch more austere and will require 2 or 3 years cellaring, but for many of us the problem will be to resist the charm and appeal of these young wines. I will certainly buy as much as possible to enjoy over the next 10+ years. Christian Honorez, Director November 2017 ©adVINture 2020