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Gaillac rouge, Les Gravels, Domaine Rotier (37.5 cl) - 2019

  • Provenance: Southwest
  • Appellation: Gaillac
  • Domain: Rotier
  • Grape variety(ies): 20% braucol, 40% duras, 40% syrah
  • On-call time: 3 years
  • Alcohol degree: 13%
If you think that the reds of the South-West are rustic and confined to accompanying duck confit, you will be surprised! Because here, the Duras grape variety, enhanced by Braucol and Syrah, is adorned with a rare refinement. Les Gravels offers aromas of black fruits enhanced by liquorice and pepper nuances. The palate combines suppleness and delicacy. Decant for 30 minutes and serve at 16°.
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Viticulture

The vineyard is located on a plateau corresponding to the middle terrace of the Tarn. The terroir is made up of very fine gravel soils. Certified organic farming.

Oenology

The grape varieties are fermented separately at 26-28°C. Vatting time is three to five weeks, with micro-oxygenation under the marc during the maceration phase for the best vats. Aged in vats for 18 months with partial micro-oxygenation.

Suggestions for accompaniment

Delicatessen - Quails with grapes - Pistachio sausage.

Domain

The Domaine Rotier is now run by Alain Rotier and Francis Marre, brothers-in-law in life. Francis looks after the cultivation of the vineyard and Alain is responsible for the production and marketing of the wines. They are assisted by a team of five people to cultivate and vinify the 35 hectares of vines, 25 of which are red.

The history of winegrowing in the region is not new: people were already living in the area known as Petit Nareye (which today forms the major part of the estate) a long time ago, as numerous quartz tools have been found there dating back to the Paleolithic era, i.e. a respectable age of 150 to 200,000 years. But the cultivation of vines in the Gaillacois region dates back to the 1st century BC.

Since 2005, the choice has been made here for ecological viticulture. Quite naturally, in 2009, the estate moved towards organic conversion, with certification being obtained from the 2012 vintage. The vineyard is planted on gravel soils located on a plateau formed by the middle alluvial terrace of the river Tarn. These ancient alluvial deposits rest on even older marl. The Gaillacois terroir, halfway between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, has a predominantly oceanic climate with a marked Mediterranean influence, due in particular to the action of the Autan wind. This dry and often warm wind blows from the south-east and allows for very good...

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