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Tautavel is located in the foothills of the Pyrenees, and here you will find Domaine Gardiés, a family-run vineyard currently on its 8th generation of winemakers. The vines are, unsurprisingly, old, and therefore naturally low-yielding. Growing on the clay limestone and black slate soils of the region, all the vines are certified organic and are cultivated with the utmost respect for the rugged and wild nature of Roussillon. Understanding and nurturing the soils is at the very heart of the Gardiés winemaking philosophy, and as a result, they produce wines which are expressive of the terroir and characterised by complexity, depth, structure and elegance.
The 75-year-old vines, whose fruit go into this wine, flourish in this region and produce low but extremely concentrated yields (as little as 25hl/ha). The Mediterranean climate with hot, arid summers encourages the vines to work hard to survive, driving their roots deep into the soil in search of vital nutrients. The resulting wines are concentrated, complex and powerful. The grapes underwent traditional vinification, with maceration taking place in concrete tanks, promoting the gentle extraction of fruit flavours, colour and fine, elegant tannins. After a fermentation, kickstarted by natural yeasts, which lasts up to 20 days, the wine was then aged for 12 months in French oak barrels.
A rich and opulent blend of Carignan (35%), Grenache (35%), Mourvèdre (15%) and Syrah (15%). Bursting with lashings of black cherry, layered with fig and spice. There is a beautiful balance on the palate which has ripe tannins underpinned by mineral freshness leading to a deliciously long finish. A great alternative to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this wine would pair brilliantly with roast beef and all the trimmings, or a steaming bowl of Ratatouille with fresh garlic bread.
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