Gaillard's Saint-Joseph rouge is drawn from several parcels located in the
high country of Malleval and Chavanay, in the far north of this sprawling
appellation--closer to Vienne and Condrieu than to Tournon-sur-Rhône. The steep,
cool soils here have plenty of granite, which contributes to the mineral cut of
this perfumed and vibrant Syrah. In 2019, each parcel was vinified separately,
aging was mostly in used Allier and Nevers barrels for 18 months and the wine
was bottled unfiltered.
With good structure and silky tannins, this is as open and friendly wine
--primed for instant drinking appeal. The high elevation of the vineyards sings
through on the palate, lifting the wine's textured layers of black cherry,
floral notes and sweet brown spices. The twist of freshness on the vibrant and
intense finish is particularly well captured. On current showing this is quite
possibly our favourite vintage shipped for some time.