Les Gravels red 2017


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Area of productionAOC Gaillac
Soil and climateThe vines are planted on a plateau corresponding to the 2° terrace of the Tarn river. The Domaine Rotier Terroir is composed of very nice gravelly soils.
Grape varieties20% Duras, 25% Syrah, 15% Braucol, 15% Prunelart, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
Climate conditions2017 was quite dry but contrasted. At the end of April the frost haven't wrought too much damage in the vineyard. June, July and August were dry but with some little rain which permeted a good vegetative growth of the vines. Vine harvest of beautiful and very good grapes occured between August 28th and September 28th.
Type of winemakingThe different grapes ferment separately at 28 - 30°C. Maceration lasts from 3 to 5 weeks, with micro-oxygenation of the wine under the cap.
Type of ageingTank aged for 20 months with micro-oxygenation. Bottling occured on 2019 May 20th and 21st.
Tasting notesThe colour is dark purple. In its youth, this wine presents aromas of black fruit, mingling with notes of liquorice and pepper. On the palate, it is a fruity, fleshy wine, with firm but gentle tannins.
Food recommandationIt should be served between 16 and 18°C and matches particularly well with the typical dishes of the Southwest : cassoulet, duck as well as grilled red meats. It may be cellared for 8-10 years.
Medals & pricesChallenge Millésime Bio 2020 : Silver
Wine Enthusiast : 90 (Excellent Highly recommended.)

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