Yes, this is expensive, but not exorbitantly so for such a characterful biodynamic dry white from prime Viognier tenderloin, the fragrance here mingling exotic floral notes with delicate nutty oak in an opulent, jasmine-infused, peachy wine which is shot through with such finely-chiselled acidity that the alcohol and freshness are beautifully balanced.
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Viognier produces rich and aromatic wines. This product is fermented in barrels thereby offering just the right oxygenation to highlight its aromas, all the while avoiding heaviness. The mineral characteristics of the terroir come to the fore, bringing out a sensation of freshness.
The wines are matured and stirred on lees during the entire maturing period in view of preserving these mineral notes, all the while enriching their structure on the palate. As a result, the Viognier grape variety fully expresses its tropical fruit and flower aromas: litchis, white peaches and violets.
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Pierre Gaillard's passion for wine-making developed at an early age when he was discovered ploughing in the vineyard with a plough horse when only twelve years old. After studying oenology at Montpelier he went on to work for a large estate in Côte Rôtie where he steeped himself in the 'terroirs' and traditions of this famous vineyard. In 1981 he bought his own vines in St Joseph and revived the 'Clos de Cuminaille', an ancient vineyard dating back to Roman times. Since then he has bought vines in both Côte Rôtie and Condrieu.
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