We love Cabernet Sauvignons, Pinots and Chardonnays. However, when we arrived in Gaillac we were immediately struck by its interesting and historic grape varieties and the great wines that can be made from them.
We’re excited by the opportunity to do something that little bit different and at the same time to be part of a long tradition of Gaillac vignerons.
In total we have about 30,000 vines including old vines some of which are 65 years old. They are fantastic gnarly trunked creatures which are hand-picked to ensure they and their fruit are treated gently.
Our grape varieties are:
- DURAS (red) – an ancient variety which has been in the mix in the Gaillac vineyards since “un temps immemorial”. It has wonderful fruity, round and slightly peppery characteristics.
- BRAUCOL (or Fer Servadou) (red) – this is a variety which is found in several south West France vineyards and has been cultivated in Gaillac for many centuries. It comes from the same family as Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and shares some.
- SYRAH (red) –although an “incomer” Syrah has been grown in Gaillac for many years and is well adapted to the conditions here especially in years when the Mediterranean influences are strong.
- MAUZAC (white) – Mauzac originates from Gaillac. Our old Mauzac vines make an intense dry white and also our first sparkling wine called “Ancestral”.
- LOIN DE L’ŒIL (white) from the Occitan “Len de l’El“ (literally “far from the eye”). Very old grape variety, it is found in Gaillac – brings delicate floral aromas, freshness and suppleness to the wine.
- MUSCADELLE (white) – Light and aromatic white wines with notes of acacia, flowers and honeysuckle.