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Gaillac Vendanges Tardives, 'Renaissance', Domaine Rotier 2015

White Wine from France - SW France (excl. Bordeaux)
This beauty has become an almost mythical wine, winning countless awards. Made from 100% loin de l'oeil picked with noble rot, it is intense and concentrated with flavours of apricot and quince that would go with blue cheese and fruit-based pies and tarts, and maybe even with Christmas pudding.
Price: £17.00 Bottle
Price: £102.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: FC39521

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Intensely sweet
  • Loin de LOeuil
  • 12% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Now to 2028
  • 50cl
  • Cork, natural

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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Domaine Rotier

Domaine Rotier is a family affair, run by brothers-in-law Alain Rotier and Francis Marre. It was purchased by Alain’s parents in 1975 and Alain got involved in 1985. In 1997 Francis came into the fold and Alain’s parents began to wind down.

On joining the domaine, Alain began working in earnest, applying a range of environmentally friendly farming methods, and in 1999 they installed brand new temperature-controlled equipment in the chai, and they have replanted to a higher density of vines to create competition between the plants. They then achieved organic certification in 2009.

Their 35 hectares of vineyards, on a gravel plateau at 200 metres above sea level, are planted with local varieties such as braucol, duras, syrah, loin de l’oeil and sauvignon blanc but in 2009 Alain and Francis decided to plant the little-known local variety prunelart which had almost died out and was in dire need of reviving. These are men who are proud of their heritage.
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