Domaine Pierre Gaillard was founded in 1986 with only .25 hectares of vines. Prior to founding his own estate, Pierre Gaillard was experienced in everything to do with Cote Rotie. In fact, he helped plant the first vines used in the famous wine of La Turque for Guigal. Today, Domaine Pierre Gaillard owns 25 hectares vines in the Northern Rhone. However, he is in charge of 77 hectares of vines in total. The cellars are situated in the Malleval commune. Much of their vineyards in Cote Rotie are located in the Cote Rozier lieu-dit, with its steep, granite and schist soils. They also own vines in the La Vialliere, Champet and Fongeant lieux-dits.
In Cote Rotie, the grapes
are partially destemmed, and the Syrah
are co-fermented. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. All the work in the vineyards is 100 organic.
The wines are aged in 50-70% new, French oak barrels for between 18 to 20 months. The percentage of new oak and time for barrel aging depends on the cuvee and the character and quality of the vintage. Domaine Pierre Gaillard goes their own way as far as winemaking goes.They use many modern techniques and they are also willing to experiment. For example, starting with the 2012 vintage they have been using small, clay amphora to vinify a small portion of their wines. This 2016 Classique is a blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Viognier from vines planted in the Cote Blonde and Cote Brune with vineyards that face a south by southeast exposure. The grapes are almost always fully destemmed. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for an average of 18 months before bottling.