Côtes du Vivarais may well be one of the Rhône Valley’s least-known crus. A small zone that earned AOC status only in 1999, it lies along the western banks of the Rhône, just south of Montélimar—roughly halfway in between great growths of the southern Rhône like Châteauneuf and the revered slopes of Cornas to the north. Grenache finds an unusually elegant expression in this slightly cooler zone, while Syrah, with its dense structure and savory aromas, is a natural companion in the blend. The Gallety family has farmed the limestone vineyards here for three generations now, proudly carrying the flag for the local wines. Organic farming is a central tenet of their efforts to showcase the Vivarais terroir, as are noninterventionist practices in the cellar, like racking by gravity and élevage in neutral wood. This full-bodied, spicy red could well replace Vacqueyras or Saint-Joseph as your go-to Rhône red.
|Blend:||50% Syrah, 50% Grenache|
|Appellation:||Côtes du Vivarais|
|Vineyard:||40 years average, 13.8 ha|
|Aging:||Wine is aged in neutral oak barrels for about 15 months|
The talented Alain Gallety began making wine in the Côtes du Vivarais alongside his father. Though the Galletys reside here, making their wines with pride, determination, and focus, their minds are frequently traveling to other regions in France, closely studying the techniques of their contemporaries. Alain takes every aspect of the process seriously. To grow the quality of grapes he wants, he farms his fifteen hectares of vineyards organically. The wines are then aged in Burgundian barrels, as they believe them to produce wines with finesse. Alain Gallety is indeed a man of vision. Domaine Gallety is a new acquisition to the KLWM portfolio, but one well-positioned with wines of such brightness, density, and impeccable balance.
A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!
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