Domaine Gayrard Gaillac Rouge Braucol 2019

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Domaine Gayrard Gaillac Rouge Braucol 2019

Country - France

Region - Sud Ouest

Grape Varieties - Braucol 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Domaine Gayrard

Tasting notes - This characterful red, made from the Braucol variety, is generous, supple and full of wild blackcurrant notes, with a touch of spice and delicious green pepper undertones. Soft tannins and juicy fruit fill the palate through to a fruity finish.

Domaine Gayrard Gaillac Rouge Braucol 2019

This characterful red, made from the Braucol variety, is
generous, supple and full of wild blackcurrant notes, with
a touch of spice and delicious green pepper undertones.
Producer Note
Situated upon a limestone plateau, in the foothills of the Causses de Quercy, Domaine
Gayrard has stood as a symbol of this exceptional terroir for over five centuries. In the
1950s, Maurice Gayrard began the production of wines at the property, becoming one
of the first producers to bottle wine in Gaillac. During the 1990s, the estate went through
a short period of cereal cultivation, however in 2013, Pierre and Laure Fabre returned to
their ancestor’s estate and restored it back to a vineyard, with the replanting of
indigenous varietals. In 2018, the vines of the former Château Moussans were
incorporated into the estate, bringing older vines from a different terroir. Today the
estate extends over 30 hectares; it has been certified organic since 2020 and cultivated
biodynamically since 2019. Pierre and Laure produce Gaillac wines from long-lost
indigenous varietals, such as Braucol and Loin d’Oeil.
Vintage
2019 brought balanced weather in the region, with a marked absence of rain towards
the end of the summer, which experienced a series of heat waves. The vines were in
excellent health at harvest and the grapes reached good levels of maturity.
Vineyard
This cuvée is produced from a parcel of old vines, from the local Gaillac variety of
Braucol, a dark-skinned local indigenous variety that is sometimes known as Fer
Servadou. DNA testing suggests it originates from the Carmenère family. The windswept
hillside plot benefits from the warmth of the Mediterranean climate, tempered by
oceanic breezes which impart balancing acidity to the fruit and keep the vineyard
healthy by aerating the vines. The vineyard sits upon cool and draining clay-limestone
soils, which produce fruity red wines with roundness and finesse. The vineyard is in
conversion to organic status; no herbicides or insecticides are used and the vines are
manually tended with leaf removal and green harvesting taking place by hand.
Constantly striving to improve the natural balance between soil, flora and fauna,
practices that respect the environment are employed; with cover crops in the vineyard,
natural fertilisers to nourish the soils and silica treatments to help strengthen the vigour
of the vines. The fruit is hand-harvested.
Winemaking
The grapes were fully destemmed and fermented with natural yeasts which are present
on the berry's skin and bring the most sincere expression of the terroir and the climate.
Vinification took place in the gravity-fed winery without the use of pumps and without
additions. Each parcel was fermented at temperatures of less than 25°C in 60 hectolitre
concrete tanks. A brief maceration of less than five days followed, with daily manual
punching down of the cap. The wine was aged in concrete tanks for six months.
Tasting Note
This characterful red, made from the Braucol variety, is generous, supple and full of wild
blackcurrant notes, with a touch of spice and delicious green pepper undertones. Soft
tannins and juicy fruit fill the palate through to a fruity finish.
Grape
Braucol 100%
Winemaker: Pierre Fabre
Region: Sud Ouest
Subregion: Gaillac
Country: France
Alcohol: 13%

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