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Good Examples of Highlighting the Vintage by Domaine Gauby


Rosemary George MW provides a recent background on Domaine Gauby.  Here she writes that Domaine Gauby is one of the leading estates in the whole of the Mediterranean.  That is quite an endorsement! My exposure to these wines only dates back one year when I tried the 2011 Domaine Gauby, Les Calcinaires Blanc and the 2010 Domaine Gauby, Les Calcinaires Rouge.  I found that both were a bit on the young side with the blanc rather interesting and the rouge containing earthy, old-school flavors.  Last week Jenn and I tried the 2010 and 2011 vintages of Les Calcinaires Rouge.  The 2010 is opening up with deep, dark, earthy flavors.  It was the more generous of the two with the 2011 leaning towards tart, lively flavors.  Both wines exhibit a saline/seaside note along with that of stones.  These wines show the vintage variation in good fashion.  Instead of recommending one over the other I would personally try both at the same time or just grab the one which sounds better to you!  The 2010 was purchased at MacArthur Beverages and the 2011 was purchased at Weygandt Wines.

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2011 Domaine Gauby, Les Calcinaires, Cotes du Roussillon Villages – $22
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is a blend of 50% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre, 15% Grenache, and 10% Carignan which was aged for 10 months in barriques and cuve.  Alcohol 13.0%.  The nose eventually opened up to reveal earthy aromas.  In the mouth there was a slight prickle on the tongue followed by lively acidity.  It was a little saline with notes of stones and Big Red fruit.   It had a somewhat ripe structure that matched the tart black and red notes.  The earthiness was more ethereal.  It finished with red fruit and citric pith tannins.  *** 2016-2024.

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2010 Domaine Gauby, Les Calcinaires, Cotes du Roussillon Villages – $25
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is a blend of Syrah, Mourvedre, and Carignan which was aged for 10 months in barriques and cuve.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose was deep with aromas of the seaside, earthy bits, and something animale.  In the mouth were ripe, forward, and generous flavors.  The wine was rounder with less structure and verve but very familiar to the other vintage.  The finish was deep and dark taking on black fruit with air.  There were notes of fine stones and a persistent aftertaste complete with tannins.  *** Now – 2022.

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