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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 2013 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine Gayda Flying Solo White 2013
Vintage
2013

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)
12.5%
Food As an aperitif, or with fish, chicken, salads, cheese
Next day
Even better
Drink Now to 2017
Fresh, intensely floral, yet massively fruity on the nose, with apple blossom and lemon aromas giving way to peach and orange peel, with hints of tropical fruit and mint. The palate is crammed full of flavour, combining ripe tree fruits, citrus and herbs with a touch of honeyed richness and truly mouth-watering acidity. A beautifully refreshing and really rather elegant wine - and excellent value for money, too.
 

Price:  £7.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gayda Sauvignon Blanc 2013 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine Gayda Sauvignon 2013
Vintage
2013
 
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)
12.0%
Food Fish, shellfish, salads, cheese or on its own
Next day
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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. A very structured wine, bordering on serious, with lime/lemon and mineral aromas and subtle hints of pea pod and elderflower. Vibrant and full of tangy fruit flavours, like a halfway house between Sancerre and New Zealand (though perhaps closer to the former, rather than the latter). A nicely crafted wine.
 

Price:  £8.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gayda Viognier 2013 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine Gayda Viognier 2013
Vintage
2013

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)
12.5%
Food White meats, cold cuts, salads or on its own
Next day
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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:  £8.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gayda Flying Solo Grenache-Syrah 2013 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine Gayda Flying Solo Red 2013
Vintage
2013

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red - medium bodied
Grapes 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Red or white meats, cold cuts, grilled veg, pasta, cheese
Next day
Still good, retains freshness
Drink Now to 2017
With a heady waft of red and black summer fruits, freshly-baked bread, herbs, spices and notes of damp earth and tobacco, this really hits the spot. The palate is simply crammed full of summer fruit and orange flavours, with juicy acidity and earthy but ripe tannins. Medium weight and a delight to drink, it is very much in the mould of a good Cru Beaujolais, but with deeper, more intense flavours and fruit so chunky you can almost bite it. A really delicious all-rounder, and great value for money.
 

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:  £9.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gayda Figure Libre Freestyle Rouge 2012 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine Gayda Figure Libre Red 2012
Vintage
2012

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red - full-bodied, aged in barrels for 9 months
Grapes 45% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 10% Carignan, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red meats, game, roasted vegetables
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or up to 2020
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. Fragrant with notes of fine eau de vie, cherry skins and garrigue herbs. Subtle notes of mint, coriander and freshly cut grass add real freshness to the high-toned red and black fruits. The palate is beautifully balanced and fruity, shot through with flavours of fresh bramble and spiced oranges, with firm but ripe tannins and excellent acidity, with a gently spicy, sweet-sour finish. It just needs a little time for the tannins to soften a little, after which it will drink well for a good few years. 
 

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

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Domaine Gayda Figure Libre Cabernet Franc 2012 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine Gayda Figure Libre Cabernet Franc 2012
Vintage
2012

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 up to 2022
New vintage - tasting note to follow.
 

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

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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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Domaine Gayda Chemin de Moscou 2011 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine Gayda Chemin de Moscou 2011
Vintage
2011

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red - full-bodied, aged in barrels for 21 months
Grapes 68% Syrah, 28% Grenache and 4% Cinsault
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Fillet of beef, rack of lamb, game, mushroom risotto
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or up to 2025
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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