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Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc les Gallimardes Domaine Giraud 2013

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"I think the finest vintage to date, the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape les Gallimardes Blanc is a knockout blend of equal parts Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne and Bourboulenc that was aged all in stainless steel, except for Roussanne, which spent six months in barrel. Showing beautiful richness and depth, with notions of buttered nectarine, citrus, brioche, white flowers and tinges of minerality, this full-bodied, unctuous and layered white builds nicely in the glass and has a great mix of richness and freshness. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years...93" Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate 10/14

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Domaine Giraud:
The 'domaine' saw the light of day thanks to Pierre and Mireille's zeal and two families coming together. Pierre Giraud is the son of a long line of winegrowers going back more than six centuries. Descendant of the Arrnenier family, he's always tended his vineyard with loving care. The Buou family owned the village distillery for generations; Mireille has always worked alongside her husband hel... Read more
The 'domaine' saw the light of day thanks to Pierre and Mireille's zeal and two families coming together. Pierre Giraud is the son of a long line of winegrowers going back more than six centuries. Descendant of the Arrnenier family, he's always tended his vineyard with loving care. The Buou family owned the village distillery for generations; Mireille has always worked alongside her husband helping to expand the vineyard. Now she looks after the day-to-day running of the Domaine. The story begins in 1974 when Pierre and Mireille took on 4ha (10 acres) of vines as tenant farmers. For 12 years, the domaine would grow little by little through purchasing pieces of rented land. In 1981. Pierre and Mireille turned the family distillery into a winemaking and barrel-ageing cellar. That same year, the domaine 's first vintage would be born. In 1987. the running of the Armenier family's vineyard was handed down to their children. Pierre and Mireille took care of 8ha (20 acres) of 100 year old vines found on the Crau plateau, Les Terres Blanches ('White Earth'), the Gallimardes and the sandy soils around Pignan in the Rayas area. In 1998. Pierre was ready to pass on his love of the vine and wine to his children. Marie and Francois took on the estate hand-in-hand. Under their parents' watchful eye. they devoted themselves to tending vines and winemaking. They focused their efforts on selecting parcel by parcel, doing minimal treatments, upgrading their cellar to make finer and finer wines while respecting family traditions. Read less

"I think the finest vintage to date, the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape les Gallimardes Blanc is a knockout blend of equal parts Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne and Bourboulenc that was aged all in stainless steel, except for Roussanne, which spent six months in barrel. Showing beautiful richness and depth, with notions of buttered nectarine, citrus, brioche, white flowers and tinges of minerality, this full-bodied, unctuous and layered white builds nicely in the glass and has a great mix of richness and freshness. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years...93" Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate 10/14

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