There are undeniable similarities between Pierre and Winston Churchill, a phenomenal work ethic, a tireless energy and vision that has made him one of the pioneers of the region. Pierre is a great believer in producing ripe, perfectly healthy grapes from the land, you will often find him pruning and caressing his grapes in the vineyard. In 2002 he invested in a state-of-the-art winery that would not look out of place in Bordeaux with a modern barrel room to age his red wines. His dedication to quality pays dividends and his wines all have amazing elegance and freshness as well as power and concentration. They are terroir-driven and pure with vibrant, opulent fruit and frequently raise the bar in the Northern Rhône.
Gaillard owns 2.5 hectares of Condrieu, located in Chéry, Côte Bellay, Gonon and Boissey where the soils are mostly granitic. His Condrieu is aged in a small proportion of new oak for seven months during which he stirs the lees once a week. For his Côte Rotie, Gaillard learnt from Marcel Guigal during the early 1980’s. His Côte Rotie vines are located on more schist soils and he tends to use between 10% and 15% Viognier. He ages his wines in 30% and 50% new oak casks for up to 20 months. His special cuvée, Rose Pourpre is sourced from pure Syrah vines in Côte Rozier and undergoes a similar ageing but using 100% new oak.