Gaillard’s whites have the ability to combine intense aromatics, ripe, hedonistic textures and bright mineral refreshment and the 2016 is a textbook example. It’s a classically alluring, texture-rich Condrieu with notes of honeysuckle and juicy, macerated apricots and spice. It combines 2016’s flesh and generosity with vibrant energy and a punchy, impressive mineral drive. Drawn from four parcels grown on the terraced slopes of Côte Bellay, each site has soils of fine, decomposing granite. In 2016, the vines yielded just 30 hl/ha of pungent Viognier fruit and the wine spent seven months in oak, of which 10% was new.