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2016 Francois Villard Cote Rotie 'Le Gallet Blanc'Syrah from France

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Francois Villard Le Gallet Blanc found the inspiration for the wine and its name from 2 growers that Francois Villard purchases grapes from, Mr. Gallet and Mr. Blanc. The wine ...

  • 92 Wine Cellar Insider
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About

Rating:

92

Forward in style, the ripe plums and cherries come along wine a touch of smoke. thyme and flowers that is quite nice. Medium-bodied, the fresh, energetic red fruits pop on the palate and in the finish. Give this a few more years in the cellar, though it is going to be easy to drink in its youth.

Product Description:

Francois Villard Le Gallet Blanc found the inspiration for the wine and its name from 2 growers that Francois Villard purchases grapes from, Mr. Gallet and Mr. Blanc. The wine is produced from mostly Syrah and just a dollop of Viognier, up to perhaps 1% or 2% of the blend. The grapes are planted in the lieux-dits of; Cote Bodin, Le Grand Taillis, Fontjean, le Plomb, Montlys and Servonniere on a steep granite and schist hillside terroir. The berries are whole cluster fermented and up to 30% of the grapes are destemmed. The wine is then aged in an average of 50% new, French oak barrels for up to 18 months before bottling. The production is sizable for Cote Rotie at close to 1,625 cases per vintage.

Product Detail

Item # 121036
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-Region Cote Rotie
Ratings

92 - Wine Cellar Insider

Vintage 2016
Color Red
ABV 13.5%
Varietal(s) Syrah
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste currant, blueberry, blackberry and strawberry
Nose spice box, cedar and dark fruit