Pierre Gaillard Saint Joseph Clos de Cuminaille 2019
The Clos de Cuminaille is one of the most privileged sites of
Saint-Joseph. It's an east-facing, walled vineyard on Chavanay's pure granite
soils and produces one of the most distinctive wines of the appellation each
year. When Gaillard bought this three-hectare site, he passed on the chance to
buy a slice of the now-renowned La Turque vineyard in Côte-Rôtie, a site that he
had helped plant. He simply felt that Clos de Cuminaille was the better
site--which gives an idea of why it produces such special wines. The vines here
are now over 30 years old, and the winemaking is no different to the
Saint-Joseph--save for a touch more new oak (a well-integrated 40% this year).
This wine is rounded, concentrated and elegant with a combination of blackberry,
bacon and cinnamon spice. An exceptional finish with good length.
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