Pierre Gaillard, Malleval
Producing wines that are generous and harmonious is what Pierre Gaillard and his daughter Jeanne strive for at their family Domaine. Pierre was not born into a family of winemakers – his mother was a nurse and his father worked for the railways – but his passion for outdoor life and learning led him to a career in wine. He studied viticulture and oenology in Beaune and Montpellier, going on to work as Vineyard Manager at Guigal in Côte Rôtie. He bought his first vines in 1981: 3 hectares in Saint-Joseph’s Clos de Cuminaille, in the high slopes of the commune of Malleval, at the northern edge of Saint-Joseph. Pierre now makes wines from 70 hectares, spread across the northern Rhône. Understanding the minutiae and complexities of each parcel, Pierre skilfully translates these details into each wine he makes. “2020 was perfect for everything in the vineyards,” Pierre told us when we visited in February 2022. “It is one of my best – with excellent balance of ripeness and freshness.”
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