This exciting white arrives direct from the south of France. Our intrepid expert, Beth Willard, discovered the tongue-tingling 2014 release on a trip to the ancient region of Gaillac and the acclaimed Domaine de la Chanade. Now, winemaker Damien Miralles sends his latest cuvée – the equally impressive 2015.
It’s made with hand-picked Mauzac and Loin de l’Oeil grapes from 100-year-old vines, growing on the Plateau Cordais. (The sparkling-white, limestone-rich plot inspired the wine’s name.) Mauzac is Gaillac’s star white, known for its honeyed apple notes (and for its use in the production of the famous sparkling wine made here, Blanquette de Limoux). Loin de l’Oeil is higher in acidity than Mauzac, adding a mouthwatering lift, along with trademark floral character. This distinctive white will pair beautifully with soft cheeses, Cobb salad or simple fish dishes like grilled mahi-mahi.
Land prices in Gaillac are far more affordable than in other parts of France (for now) and, combined with the efforts of talented winemakers like Damien, that translates to high-quality wines at wallet-friendly prices.
Very few cases imported – hurry for your share.