Domaine Alain Gallety


AB certification

A name to remember, Alain Gallety is the leader of the new AOC Cotes du Vivarais, started in 1999. The 15 hectare winery is between Montelimar and Avignon. The terroir is based on clay and limestone onlyFor the past 8 years, Alain produced an amazing cuvée “the rarity”100% Shiraz, aged for 24 months in new French oak, a monument with a mosaic of fruits. Two other cuvées are produced by Gallety the Domaine half Grenache and shiraz, matured 15 months in oak; and the new red in the Cote du Rhone AOC mainly Grenache with some shiraz, 50 years old vines, has no oak treatment.

Domaine Alain Gallety

1999 Domaine Gallety La Syrare d'Alain Gallety Cotes du Vivarais “...100% syrah, aged for 20 months in new barrels; ( the yield was reportedly 15 hectoliters per hectare) Saturated ruby-purple to the rim. Blackberry, violet and lead pencil on the nose, along with strong bitter chocolate and espresso notes of torrefaction. Strong oak-influenced flavors similar to the aromas. Dense, sappy and wonderfully perfumed in the mouth. Less creamy than the estate's regular Cotes du Vivarais bottling, but unusually aromatic and vibrant thanks to firm but perfectly integrated acids. Finishes with lush, sweet tannins and strong oak notes of vanilla and toast. An exceptional wine from an appellation not generally known for high quality...”

Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: 91 points