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Domaine Gayda
Domaine Gayda
South African Anthony Record and Englishman Tim Ford joined forces with French winemaker Vincent Chansault (pictured left) to form Domaine Gayda in 2003. At just 30 years of age, Vincent has packed a lot of experience into his career, working in the Loire Valley, Rhone and Languedoc, as well as having worked for a number of years in South Africa, notably under the tutelage of Marc Kent, winemaker at the famous Boekenhoutskloof winery. After building a brand new state-of-the-art winery, Gayda produced its first vintage in 2004. At the same time, they set about planting vineyards on the surrounding land which had, until then, been used for the raising of various other crops. At 7 years of age, those vines (Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc) are now in full production, but a large proportion of the grapes are still sourced from various different parts of Languedoc and Roussillon.

Bringing in grapes from far and wide is an interesting concept, and one which many new world wine growers have practiced for a long time, although it is a relatively new concept to southern France. But Gayda's approach is very focused, and they source grapes from some of the top growers in Roussillon, with whom they have built firm - though strictly non-contracted - relationships. In addition, Gayda own some parcels of vines on the Petit Causse, in the hills above La Liviniere in Languedoc.

Of course, the blending of grapes from these different areas ensures that Gayda's wines cannot qualify for any particular AOC, and are thus labelled under the catch-all Pays d'Oc denomination. But if the wines are this good, who cares if they lack a perceived single regional identity? Although Domaine Gayda is a truly international effort, and whilst both the winery and the winemaking (and indeed viticultural) techniques employed have something of the New World about them, the resulting wines speak very much of their Languedoc and Roussillon roots.

Domaine Gayda Flying Solo Grenache Blanc-Viognier 2011 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine Gayda Flying Solo Blanc 2011
Vintage
2011

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry white - medium bodied
Grapes 85% Grenache Blanc, 15% Viognier
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food As an aperitif, or with fish, chicken, salads, cheese
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next couple of years
Fresh, intensely floral, yet very fruity - apple blossom and lemon aromas give way to peach, orange and all manner of tropical fruit nuances, leading to an intense grapiness on the palate. This really is packed with flavour, combining a touch of richness with gorgeous acidity and a subtle herbiness. A beautifully made wine of real elegance - and brilliant value for money.
Currently sold out. More arriving early 2014.

 

Price:  £7.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

Domaine Gayda Sauvignon Blanc 2011 IGP Pays d'Oc
Gayda Sauvignon 2011
Vintage
2011

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry white - medium bodied
Grapes 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.5%
Food Fish, shellfish, salads, cheese or on its own
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 2 to 3 years
From grapes grown locally in Brugairolles and Malviès, fermented in stainless steel and aged for several months on its lees before bottling. New vintage - tasting note to follow.
 

Price:  £8.75 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gayda Viognier 2011 IGP Pays d'Oc
Vintage
2011

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry white - medium bodied, part oak-aged
Grapes 100% Viognier
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food White meats, cold cuts, salads or on its own
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 2 to 3 years
The grapes for this wine are sourced from no less than 4 different areas - limestone in Limoux and La Liviniere, slate in Roussillon and basalt in Pézenas. 10% of the blend is fermented and aged for 6 months on its lees in new oak barrels, the remainder in stainless steel.The nose begins a touch muted, but opens out after a while, whilst the palate is a riot of soft citrus and peach, with a nice hint of bitterness on the finish. Another delicious wine.
 

Price:  £8.75 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gayda Chardonnay 2011 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine Gayda Chardonnay 2011
Vintage
2011

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry white - medium bodied, part oak-aged
Grapes 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Fish, chicken, salads or on its own
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 2 to 3 years
The grapes are grown on limestone in Minervois and sandstone in nearby Malpere. 25% is fermented and aged for 6 months on its lees in new oak barrels, the remainder in stainless steel. A nose of cut lemon and clove, with subtle herby/herbaceous notes. Although the palate shows plenty of stoney minerality, it is relatively rich and full of soft citrus and tree fruits, with a very long, spicy finish. A good ringer for a more than decent Maconnais Chardonnay.
 

Price:  £8.75 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gayda Figure Libre Freestyle Blanc 2011 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine Gayda Freestyle White 2011
Vintage
2011

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Roussillon
Colour/Style Dry white - full bodied, aged in barrel for 9 months
Grapes 50% Grenache Blanc, 21% Marsanne, 21% Roussanne, 8% Maccabeu
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food White meats, cold cuts, salads or on its own
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 3 to 5 years
The majority of the grapes are sourced from different vineyards around St. Martin de Fenouillèdes in Roussillon's Agly Valley. Each variety is fermented and aged in 1 and 2 year-old barrels for 9 months, before being blended and aged for a further 3 months in vat. The colour is a limpid pale gold, with orange glints. The nose offers notes of honeysuckle, quince, pink grapefruit and mandarin, whilst the palate is beautifully rounded, with floral and fruity notes on the entry, followed by a gentle hit of white pepper and spice and a mouthwatering rasp of lemony, green apple acidity. There is even a suggestion of grape and wood tannin, which helps to fill out the wine and give a real sense of seriousness. Subtle background notes of spice and ripe peach add to the complexity and carry on to a lingering, tangy, spicy yet cool finish. It is wonderfully balanced and an absolute pleasure to drink now, or to cellar for 3 to 5 years. A really fabulous wine - and brilliant value for money.
 

Price:  £12.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gayda Flying Solo Grenache-Syrah 2011 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine Gayda Flying Solo Red 2011
Vintage
2011
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Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red - medium bodied
Grapes 70% Grenache, 30% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Red or white meats, cold cuts, grilled veg, pasta, cheese
Next day
Best on day 1, but still good on day 2
Drink Now, or over the next 2 to 3 years
A bright, clear medium-purple colour wiith delightfully fragrant aromas of red and black summer fruits, freshly-baked bread, herbs and spices. The palate is full of summer fruit and orange flavours, with juicy acidity and soft, ripe tannins. Medium weight and very easy to drink, rather like a good Beaujolais, but with deeper fruit flavours. A really delicious, fruity wine - and a great all-rounder.
 

Price:  £7.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gayda Grenache 2011 IGP Pays d'Oc
Vintage
2011

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-bodied
Grapes 100% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Red or white meats, cold cuts, pizza, pasta
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 2 to 3 years
From limestone in La Liviniere and schiste in Maury, the grapes are cold-soaked for a week, before a cool (20C) fermentation. The grapes are pressed before the fermentation has finished, giving a rounded wine with no hard edges. An abundance of raspberry, soft citrus and tar on the nose and in the mouth, with excellent acidity and velvety tannins. A far from simple wine, this could evolve further, but is already delicious to drink.
 

Price:  £8.75 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gayda Syrah 2011 IGP Pays d'Oc
Gayda Syrah 2011
Vintage
2011

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-bodied
Grapes 100% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food On its own or with red or white meats, pizza, pasta
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 3 to 5 years
From limestone in La Liviniere and sandstone on the Gayda estate. 10% is aged in 1, 2 and 3 year-old barrels, the remainder in stainless steel. A nose of bramble, blackcurrant, raspberry, violets and fresh bread, with hints of tobacco, allspice, citrus-infused pot-pourri and iodine adding more complexity. This is a lot of wine for the money. Spicy, tangy redcurrant and cranberry flavours, with supple tannins and citrussy acidity. There are some very subtle savoury notes, but more in the way of lapsang tea, herbs and tar, with a nice hit of sweet damson giving a touch of richness to an otherwise tangy, sprightly wine, very much in the northern Rhône style. A really lovely wine, to drink now or keep for a year or three.
 

Price:  £9.25 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gayda Figure Libre Freestyle Rouge 2011 IGP Pays d'Oc
Gayda Figure Libre Red 2011
Vintage
2011

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red - full-bodied, aged in barrels for 9 months
Grapes 62% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 9% Carignan, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cinsault
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Red meats, game, roasted vegetables
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
The grapes are sourced from a variety of vineyards in Roussillon, Minervois/La Livinière and Gayda's own estate in Malepère. Fermented in stainless steel, then aged for 9 months in a variety of oak barrels. Deep but translucent purple with a narrow rim. This is so fragrant and reeks of rich, dark, bramble and raspberry Syrah fruit, with subtle fruitcake aromas, courtesy of the Grenache and some high-toned red fruit and citrus nuances. Further notes of fresh bread, herbs and spices and polished wood make for a complex and compelling nose. The palate is beautifully balanced and gloriously fruity, shot through with flavours of bramble, damson and spiced oranges, with firm but ripe tannins and cracking acidity, all beautifully extracted in a medium-rich wine, with a spicy, sweet-sour finish. Like its white counterpart, this has generosity and charm in equal measure. Really top-notch winemaking, and once again brilliant value for money. 
 

Price:  £12.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gayda Figure Libre Cabernet Franc 2011 IGP Pays d'Oc
Gayda Figure Libre Cabernet Franc 2011
Vintage
2011

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red - full-bodied, aged in oak barrels for 10 months
Grapes 100% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red meats, game, roasted vegetables, rich stews
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 10 years
From Gayda's own Cabernet Franc vines surrounding the property, planted in 2004 and now with full organic certification. Goodness me - Cabernet Franc never smelled or tasted so good! This has quite the most intoxicating aromas, including (though by no means limited to) blackcurrant, plum, bramble, raspberry, spiced orange and even a hint of strawberry. And those are just the fruity bits, for it also manages to cram in exotic spices, tobacco, iodine, freshly-baked brioche and beautifully integrated (and really quite subtle) oak. For someone like me, who has struggled to love Cabernet Franc, this really is a bit of a revelation. Apart from the complete absence of any sort of vegetal or green/red capsicum notes, it has plenty of genuine Cab Franc character, with fabulous acidity and plenty of tannic grip. It manages to be at the same time generous and rich, yet beautifully balanced, with sweet black and red fruits and savoury/herby elements combining seamlessly with the tannins and acidity, in a wine which is pretty much impossible to fault. At just 18 months of age (at the time of writing) it is already the most delicious Cabernet Franc I have ever drank. And yet, my instincts tell me that it also has the structure to age and evolve gracefully for a good few years to come. It is worth pointing out that the vines were planted on the Gayda estate as recently as 2004, so it may be many years before they really get into their stride. Heresy, I know, but just as I believe that Cabernet Sauvignon does better things in warmer climes than Bordeaux, so the best Cabernet Franc wines will eventually come from the cooler slopes in warm areas such as Languedoc (in this case, the Côtes de Malepère, near Limoux). A stunning wine.
Now sold out. A new vintage will arrive early 2014.

 

Price:  £14.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

Domaine Gayda Chemin de Moscou 2010 IGP Pays d'Oc
Gayda Chemin de Moscou 2010
Vintage
2009

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red - full-bodied, aged in barrels for 21 months
Grapes 63% Syrah, 35% Grenache and 2% Cinsault
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Fillet of beef, rack of lamb, game, mushroom risotto
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 10-15 years
The grapes are sourced from no less than 6 different areas of Languedoc and Roussillon. The Syrah is aged in new oak for 9 months, the Grenache and Cinsault in 2 and 3 year-old oak for 9 months, followed by blending of the best barrels of each variety and a further 12 months maturation of the final blend in the same barrels. New vintage - tasting note to follow.
 

Price:  £19.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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We deliver only to UK and Northern Ireland addresses. The minimum order value is £75 (plus the delivery charge). You may of course choose a mix of any wines in our range. Orders between £75 and £200: delivery charge is £7.50. Orders over £200: delivery is free! (If your order is over £200, please remember to change the delivery charge in checkout to £0.00). Please note: Delivery to non-mainland addresses (Scottish Highlands and Islands, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, etc.) is usually possible, but may not be on a next-working-day basis. It is also more expensive than delivery to mainland addresses, so will be charged at cost (for orders under £200) but with a small discount for orders over £200 - please call us for a quote.

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