Domaine Gallety Cotes du Vivarais Rouge 2016, Cuvee Speciale

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Tasting Notes

Imported by Kermit Lynch, this robust old vine red wine hails from the under-appreciated Ardeche region of the Rhone Valley, located between Hermitage and Chateauneuf du Pape.

The bright and talented Alain Gallety began making wine in the Côtes du Vivarais alongside his father. Together, they had a vision and built a state-of-the-art winery, constructed right into the hillside below their high-altitude vineyards. Today, Alain’s son, David-Alexandre, works with him.

The Côtes du Vivarais runs down the western flank of the Rhône River, just south of Montélimar in the Ardèche. It’s not technically part of the Northern Rhone or the Southern Rhone and stylistically, it falls somewhere in the middle. Although these hills mirror those of the Côtes-du-Rhône on the opposite bank of the river, the Côtes du Vivarais was only awarded A.O.C. status in 1999.  Over a decade later, the region is finally starting to receive the attention it deserves, both as a cooler and wetter climate than its neighbors across the river, but with a longer ripening season. 

Alain farms his fifteen hectares of vineyards organically, as he has done since the early 80’s.  Low yields from 40- year old vines grown on limestone-clay hillsides are hand harvested and gravity-flow tanks ensure gentle processing. Fermentation takes place using natural yeast in these cement tanks; then the wines are aged in Burgundian barrels for 15 months.


This wine offers ripe purple and blue fruits--plums, blueberries and blackberries mixed with savory thyme, rosemary and baking spices. Back notes of cured meat and licorice add complexity. Tannins are there, but not intrusive and juicy acidity makes it a refreshing food partner.


Chicken, beef or pork are suitable for this red which is smooth and not heavy. It works well with tomato sauces and Mediterranean flavors. Try with grilled herbed sausages, dishes with olives, or grilled vegetables served with pesto. Eggplant or mushrooms are good vegetarian ingredients to coordinate.


Food Pairing Suggestions

Charcuterie, Chicken/Turkey, Duck, Grilled preparations, Lamb, Mushrooms, Pizza, Pork, Red Meat, Roasted Root Vegetables, Slow-smoked Barbeque/BBQ Sauce, Tomato Sauce, Wild Game

France , Cotes Du Vivarais, Vallee Du Rhone
Grape Varietal:
50% Syrah/Shiraz, 50% Grenache/Garnacha
$33.00 each
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