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A Unique Wine from Gaillac


I seem to have lately tasted a wide variety of interesting wines.  I thought it would be fun to include an extra post today about this affordable wine from Gaillac. The region of Gaillac is located in the South-West of France.  There have been vineyards here since the Romans cultivated the grape.  The Vieules family have been producing wine at Domaine Philemon since 1804.  The Domaine produces wine from 22 hectares of organic vineyards of which 14 hectares are for red varietals and eight hectares for white varietals.  A significant portion of the vines are over 50 years old.  The vineyards are located on clay-limestone soils and experience a primarily Mediterranean climate.  If you are looking for adventure then give this bottle a try but be warned this is a bit quirky and unique.  It took me a few days before I could drink an entire glass but in the end it is rather well-made. This wine is currently available at MacArthur Beverages.

2010 Domaine Philemon, Croix d’Azal, Gaillac – $11
Imported by Wine Traditions Ltd.  This wine is 100% Braucol which was vinified in concrete tanks.  Drunk over three nights the color is a medium ruby with purple highlights.  The expressive nose has a pure beam of green plant stalks and pepper aromas.  In the mouth the flavors are bright with tart red fruit, lots of acidity, and grapey drying tannins.  With air the mouth follows the nose as the flavors are framed by stones and grapes.  The tannins are citrus-like.  The wine became more approachable over time.  ** Now-2015.

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  1. February 14, 2013 at 9:01 am

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