Area of production: AOC Gaillac
Soil and climate: The vines are planted on a plateau corresponding to the 2d terrace of the Tarn river. The Domaine Rotier is composed of very nice gravelly soils.
Grape varieties: 100% Loin de l'Oeil
Climate conditions: 2011 was a very dry year (less than 500 mm precipitation). Winter was mild and Spring warm and dry, so that drought was not far away. Luckily July was rainy, which allowed better development for vines. After mid-August, warm and dry weather settle. Little rain at the beginning of September on ripe grappes hastened noble rot. The harvest occured from September 12th to 23rd.
Type of winemaking: The must ferments in French oak barrels for one or two months. In order to avoid using too much sulphur, fermentation is interrupted by cold stabilisation and filtering.The wine obtained conserves about 160g/l of residual sugar, balanced by a refreshing note of acidity.
Type of ageing:In French oak barrels (15% new) for 10 months. Bottled on September 4th 2012.
Tasting notesOn the nose, this wine presents aromas of apricot, figs and quince. It is very concentrated, rich and opulent on the palate.
Food recommandation: Serve at 10-12oC. It pairs perfectly with hot foie gras with figs, strong cheeses, tarts and any fruit desserts. It can also be carafed and enjoyed by itself.
It has a cellaring potential of over 10 years.
Our vineyard is planted on a gravelly plateau made up of the middle alluvial terrace of the Tarn river. Situated at 200m altitude, this terrace dates from the Riss geological period, somewhere between 130 000 and 300 000 years old. Under these ancient alluviums (about 1.5 to 3 m thick) are to be found much older marls (about 32 million years old).
The land here is relatively poor and stony (although it drains well), heats very quickly in the springtime and becomes very dry during the summer. Yields are quite low, because there is such little soil. Wines from this terroir are always very aromatic and age with elegance.
|Product Type||Wine Dessert|
|Region||South West France|