One of the Finest Names from Cote Rotie

Latest Release From Domaine Gangloff

By Victor Rabot | September 6, 2018

I was introduced to the wines of Domaine Gangloff by a close friend a few years ago, and since that moment I have been hooked by these seductive and poised wines from the Northern Rhône.

The Domaine was established in 1987 by ex-Rugby player Yves Gangloff, who was previously selling the grapes to Domaine Guigal. Yves learned the art of winemaking from his time at Domaine Delas, and since then, his fruit driven reds have garnered a loyal following with the wines consistently selling out on release.

This miniscule Domaine (approx 8ha), has 3ha in the Côte Rôtie appellation, located mainly in the slightly cooler southern section of the appellation. From these vineyards two Côte Rôtie are crafted:

Barbarine: around 95% Syrah and rest of Viognier, coming from younger vines, after fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine is aged in mostly used oak barrel.

Sereine Noire: 100% Syrah from a minimum of 50 years old vines. His top cuvée is aged in between 30 to 50% new oak; this wine is more robust than Barbarine.

These wines are never “oaky”, but allow the fruit to do the talking and are highly perfumed, offering plenty of joy when you drink them. He does also produce a fantastic Condrieu, full of stone fruit and spice that shows you just how gorgeous and supple Viognier can be when young.

We recently received a small allocation of the 2015 Barbarine and Sereine Noire and 2016 Condrieu, and I urge you to treat yourself to a bottle, whilst stock is available.