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Gaillac Perlé Esprit de Labastide, Cave de Labastide de Lévis 2020

White Wine from France - SW France (excl. Bordeaux)
With more of a prickle than a sparkle, this is a refreshing dry white from north-east of Toulouse in the south-west of France. Made from loin de l'oeuil, mauzac and a little sauvignon, it is perfect served chilled as an aperitif or with a simple dish of grilled prawns.
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Code: FC40681

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Bone dry
  • Loin de LOeuil
  • 12% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Now to 2022
  • 75cl
  • Twin top

South-West France (ex Bordeaux)

Most of the wine regions representing the south-west of France are linked by river to Bordeaux and were once rivals of the Bordelais for trade. It was certainly not unknown for some of these wines to be brought to Bordeaux in order to stiffen the sinews of some of the thinner clarets in days gone by. However, there is more to the region than those appellations and the Vins de pays/ IGPs up-river of their erstwhile rival.

The south-west can be roughly compartmentalised in to four categories, as follows:

Bergeracois: running along both banks of the Dordogne River and including Bergerac, Monbazillac and other ACs where Bordeaux varieties proliferate, ably and interestingly supported by some local varieties.

Garonne: running along both banks of the River Garonne as far as Agen and featuring Côtes-de-Duras, Côtes-du-Marmandais, Buzet.

Haut-Pays: the area north and north-west of Toulouse including Gaillac, Cahors and the Côtes-du-Frontonnais.

Pyrenees: in the area between Adour and the Pyrenees. ...
Most of the wine regions representing the south-west of France are linked by river to Bordeaux and were once rivals of the Bordelais for trade. It was certainly not unknown for some of these wines to be brought to Bordeaux in order to stiffen the sinews of some of the thinner clarets in days gone by. However, there is more to the region than those appellations and the Vins de pays/ IGPs up-river of their erstwhile rival.

The south-west can be roughly compartmentalised in to four categories, as follows:

Bergeracois: running along both banks of the Dordogne River and including Bergerac, Monbazillac and other ACs where Bordeaux varieties proliferate, ably and interestingly supported by some local varieties.

Garonne: running along both banks of the River Garonne as far as Agen and featuring Côtes-de-Duras, Côtes-du-Marmandais, Buzet.

Haut-Pays: the area north and north-west of Toulouse including Gaillac, Cahors and the Côtes-du-Frontonnais.

Pyrenees: in the area between Adour and the Pyrenees. Here you will find Côtes de Gascogne, Madiran, Jurançon, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh and Irouléguy, the latter of which is in real Basque country in the foothills of the Pyrennes, close to the Bay of Biscay.

The influence of the Atlantic Ocean is surprisingly strong even this deep inland and it merges with continental and alpine elements across such a large area to provide moist spring weather and wet winters counterbalanced by hot summers and long, sunny autumns just as the grapes are ripening. Naturally, the area is great enough in size for the soils to be incredibly varied across it. Alluvial and marine soils, often gravel and limestone respectively, are common factors in many areas, the former often on rising terraces above rivers or ancient watercourses.

In many appellations and IGPs it has taken the dynamism of forward thinking, passionate cooperatives and visionaries to save the vineyards and indigenous grape varieties of these regions from serious neglect or even extinction. The devastation of phylloxera around the end of the 19th century was particularly bad in these areas and it was not really until the 1970s, and even later in some cases, that a turnaround in fortunes occurred. The roll call of local varieites is impressive and promising – abouriou, arrufiac, baroque, duras, fer servadou, jurançon noir, len de l’el, petit manseng, gros manseng, mauzac, négrette, tannat and peiti courbu. It is a region that should make a curious wine lover’s mouth water.
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Cave de Labastide de Lévis

The Cave de Labastide de Lévis is a co-operative founded in 1949 in Marssac-sur-Tarn, Gaillac, 50 km east of Toulouse. Situated on the banks of the river Tarn the vineyards spread across the various terroirs of the Gaillac region, from gravelly clay to chalk and limestone, and are affected by the climates of both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. The mildness of the Atlantic influence reduces the risk of frost and provides much needed moisture to the vines, while the Mediterranean influence provides the generous warmth that ensures ripeness and phenolic maturity in the grapes.

Local natives like mauzac, the wonderfully named loin de l’oeil (‘far from the eye’, so named because of the distance of the bunch from the budding place), braucol (aka fer servadou) and duras alongside sauvignon blanc, gamay and syrah, are used to make a wide variety of styles.

In particular, they were the originators of the Gaillac Perlé style, a light, fruity white wine with a delicious spritz (the perlé) of bubbles to lift the palate, first made here in 1957 and now a blend of mauzac, loin de l’oeil and a little sauvignon blanc. The co-operative has not been slow to modernise both their methods and their equipment to maintain their successful trajectory.
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