2015 Late Harvest Muscadelle Doux
- Gaillac is one of the most varied appellations in southwest France and one of the oldest wine-growing regions – the Romans planted vines here as early as the 1st century.
- A handful of places, including Cahuzac-sur-Vère with around 1,100 inhabitants, are allowed to carry the Gaillac Première Côtes classification for rich, aromatic sweet white wines.
- In the Tarn Valley, the best south-facing slopes of the first slopes to rise from the valley (Premières Côtes) with their loamy-chalky soil are reserved exclusively for the vines.
ABOUT THE WINE
- Sustainable farming practices in the vineyard. At peak ripeness, vineyard is defoliated by hand and grapes are dried on the vine by the sun and wind.
- Fruit is then hand harvested from a 2 1/2 acre vineyard planted in 1988 and has soils of limestone with a layer of marl and clay on top.
- Only 1.5 tons of fruit an acre is harvested from this vineyard making this an especially rare wine.
Vintage: 2015 | Wine Type: White Dessert Wine
Varietal: 100% Muscadelle
Origin: France | Appellation: Gaillac
Elaboration: Fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with judicious control from oxygen to maintain aromas and acidity. Then passed into French oak barrels for 8 months.
Winemaker: Andreas Rips
Honey colored with tastes of golden raisins, apple, pear, integrated oak and minerality. Not too sweet on the palate, with a smooth and lingering aftertaste. Very satisfying and a great value.
Production: 4000 bottles | Alcohol: 13.2% | TA: 4.87 | Residual Sugar: 74 g/l | pH: 3.68
PRESS & POINTS
Not Yet Rated. 2018 Winery of the Year, Selection Magazine, France
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