A. Gallety Cotes du Vivarais 2011
This robust, old-vine red wine hails form the under-appreciated Ardeche region of the Rhone Valley, located between Hermitage and Chateauneuf-du-Pape 50% Syrah, 50% Grenache. The bright and talented Alain Gallety began making wine in the Cotes du Vivarais alongside his father. Together, they had a vision. They built a state-of-the-art winery, constructed right into the hillside below their high-altitude vineyards. Although residing in Vivarais, making their exquisite blends with pride, determination, and focus, the Galletys' minds are frequently traveling to other regions in France, where they are closely studying the methodologies and 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, as he has done since the early 80s. To best insure freshness, he has installed top-loading, hatch doors over their gravity-fed cuves, so that the grapes go exactly where they need to immediately following the harvest—bypassing the cellar completely to begin their fermentation. The wines are then aged in Burgundian barrels, as the Galletys believe them to produce wines with greater finesse. Today, Alain's son, David-Alexandre, works with him. Quietly and diligently, they imagine one day making one of the greatest cuvees of the Southern Rhone.