Gaillard Syrah Terres de Mandrin 2018
Jeanne Gaillard 2013 Terres de Mandrin Syrah, Vin de France | 12% | Peppery scrubland herbs, roses and raspberries are fragrant and nimble and so appetizing this must be Jeanne’s best vintage yet –and that is on the heels of yearly improvements. Unlike the Shiraz of the new world order this brings no residual sugar hiding behind brawny tannins. Instead this is polished and invigorating with juicy acidity and brightly expressive fruit. It is lifted and refreshing in a way that will not pile drive your meal and it also beckons a second glass and a third or more. Cracking good stuff!
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, February 19, 2015 (Flower)
“Tasty, fresh and supple. Grown nearby the northern Rhone Valley appellations, this Syrah expresses the fruitiness of young wines, all the while preserving the typical character of wines from this region. This vineyard is planted in the plain of the Drôme around the Crozes-Hermitage appellation and on the granite plateaus overlooking the Saint-Joseph appellation.
The soils are especially adapted to vine-growing. They produce fresh and supple wines that are typical of the northern part of the Rhone Valley. This wine benefits from a bit less extraction than the appellation wines nearby, but it still expresses the fresh qualities and fleshy fruitiness associated with the Syrah grape variety.
The wine is matured on lees in vats in order for the tannins to become more supple, thereby combining well with the fruitiness offered by the Syrah grape variety. Strawberry, raspberry, black currant and red currant aromas come to the fore. In its youth this wine exhales very fresh and very pleasant notes.”
Tasting notes by winemaker Jeanne Gaillard
Winged beasties with dark meat like duck, goose, squab, and griffins. Hooved game. Roasted meats.
Where to find this wine
Accounts that have purchased this wine in the previous twelve months are listed below, alphabetically by city. Please call ahead to confirm availability or vintage
Mgm - West Bloomington
Dolce Vita Wine Shop
South Lyndale Liquor
Cork Dork Wine Co
Lake Wine & Cheese
1010 Washington Wine & Spirits
Kowalski's Uptown Market
Kowalski's Grand Market