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André Perret is one of the leading producers of Northern Rhône whites. In particular, his Condrieus are considered to be among the very best of the appellation. André Perret took control of the family domaine (half a hectare) in 1982. Like many small vignerons of the northern Rhône, the Perret family were small-scale farmers, growing fruit and keeping livestock as well as tending their small plot of vines. Soon after taking control, Perret purchased a number of plots of Condrieu, together with some in St Joseph, increasing the size of their holdings to over 8 hectares.

This wine originates from south-facing slopes in Chéry, a vineyard near Vérin, just to the west of the town of Condrieu itself. Perret owns 3 hectares of the 4.8 hectare site. About a third of the wine is vinified in steel and the rest in old oak (varying from new to four years old).

Beautiful golden yellow in color. Aromatics of stone fruit, baked pear, honey, orange blossom and marzipan. Broad, rich and viscous on the palate with apricot, white peach, orchard fruit with some nutty characteristics as well as bay leaf, white pepper and Meyer lemon. Opulent, but not fat– precise and focused with lots of acidity and a prolonged finish. Listed at 15% alcohol, but not a touch of heat. A truly exceptional bottle of wine. Imported by Rovert Chadderdon Selections.

Related post:
André Perret Saint Jospeh 2007

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gaillard-ivre-2007I am a big fan of Perre Gaillard. His Condrieu 2006 was one of my favorite white wines from last year. In fact, I could put it on my list of top 5 whites (that is if I kept such a list). On that list, I would also include the McPrice Myers Viognier 2006 and Didier Dagueneau Pur Sang 2006.

Gaillard’s wines are consistently excellent and some of the greatest quality/value plays in the entire Rhône. Gaillard got into the wine business at a very young age. His first vineyard was the Chardonnay vines he planted in his parents’ garden. Later he worked at Guigal and Vidal Fleury. He was a force at Guigal in the 1980s, helping to create La Turque which became a benchmark vineyard in Cote Rotie. Today, Gaillard is considered by many to be one of the most capable craftsmen in the Northern Rhône and is also considered a master of Syrah, Viognier and Roussanne.

Le Secret Ivre is a joint effort between Pierre Gaillard and Kimberly Jones of the Shiverick/Jones import house. The 2007 release is 60% Viognier and 40% Rousanne. The majority of the viognier comes from Condrieu. Light golden yellow in color. Viognier infused aromatics of apricot, white peach and honeysuckle. More apricot on the palate — with asian pear, apple and a touch of pineapple, kiwi and lemon zest.  A creamy textutre with good richness and acidity and a clean, solid finish. I thought this was a very nice bottle of wine, but it didn’t impress me as much as some of his other wines, but certainly worthy of a recommendation. 14% alcohol. 100 cases produced.

Other wines from Pierre Gaillard:
Pierre Gaillard Condrieu 2006
Gaillard Côtes du Rhône Les Gendrines 2006
Pierre Gaillard Saint-Joseph Clos de Cuminaille 2005

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img_07521 “All of Pierre’s wines are a testament to the know-how of Gaillard and there is not a single weakness in the bunch.”
~La Revue du Vins de France 2007

Someone wrote that Pierre’s wines win hearts in their youth, but lack for nothing in terms of future potential. His winemaking approach seems to be rooted in the traditional, but also modern. His wines are consistently excellent and some of the greatest quality/value plays in the entire Rhône. Gaillard earned his top tier ranking through his hard work, talent and dedication.

Pierre Gaillard got into the wine business at a very young age. His first vineyard was the Chardonnay vines he planted in his parents’ garden. Later he worked at Guigal and Vidal Fleury. He was a force at Guigal in the 1980s, helping to create La Turque which became a benchmark vineyard in Cote Rotie. Today, Gaillard is considered by many to be one of the most capable craftsmen in the Northern Rhône and is also considered a master of Syrah, Viognier and Roussanne.

This is Gaillard’s Viognier from the Northern Rhône — and it shows why he is considered a master of the varietal. Deep golden straw in color. Not extremely aromatic, but with some peach and honey. On the palate, peach, apricot and honeysuckle with softer notes of lemon zest, quince and smoke. Great flinty minerality and acidity with a long, pure finish. Extremely rich, viscous, concentrated and lush, yet elegant and structured (oak is present).

This is one of the 2 best Viogniers I have had this year. The other is the McPrice Myers Viognier Larner Vineyard 2006. They are very different styles, the Gaillard has more weight and viscosity — and might be the more memorable. But the McPrice is also outstanding and perhaps a bit more versatile, not to mention more budget friendly. That being said, the Gaillard Condrieu performs with (and exceeds) many bottles of Condrieu that cost twice as much.

Recommended. One of my top 10 wines of the year.

Other wines from Pierre Gaillard:
Gaillard Côtes du Rhône Les Gendrines 2006
Pierre Gaillard Saint-Joseph Clos de Cuminaille 2005

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