2016 is an outstanding year for white Rhone, and this intensely aromatic release is full of lovely acacia, fennel seed, honey and apricot notes. The palate is bright and exuberant, whilst remaining typically textural, with fleshy marmalade and peach skin fruit, all perfectly balanced by this wine’s characteristic, sappy and savoury freshness.
Pierre Gaillard’s Saint-Joseph Blanc is an atypical example in that it is made entirely from Roussanne. His inspiration came while tasting Beaucastel’s Vieilles Vignes Roussanne early in his career. The grapes are from several, low yielding sites situated in the far north of the appellation – the relatively cool granite plateau of Malleval at Les Dries, the slopes of Malleval at Chartres, and from Les Vessettes in Chavanay, each plot cropped with low yields. The wine spends eight months in seasoned Allier and Nevers barrels sourced from growers in Chassagne and Pouilly-Fuisse.