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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 Figure Libre Chenin Blanc 2013 IGP Pays d'Oc
Gayda Chenin Blanc 2013
Vintage
2013

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - Brugairolles, near Limoux
Colour/Style Dry white - full bodied, aged in barrel for 9 months
Grapes 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food All manner of fish and seafood, blue cheeses, cold cuts
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 10 years
Pale straw colour with orange glints. Nettles and grass on the nose, with hints of spring flowers, pink grapefruit and mandarin orange, and definite slatey minerality. A complex palate, focused, tight and full of racy minerality, with flavours of cut lime, tart apple and herbs de Provence, with really mouth-watering acidity, leading to a long, bone-dry finish. This would give many a Loire Chenin a run for its money - especially in the acidity and minerality stakes. Lovely wine!
 

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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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