Grapes: Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains/Muscat d`Alexandria
Domaine Gauby is located close to the small town of Calce in the Roussillon. Now run by Gérard Gauby, his wife Ghislaine and their son Lionel, who is responsible for the winemaking. Gérard took over his family’s domaine in 1985 when it had just five hectares of vines, which included three hectares of over 100-year-old vines planted by his grandfather. Gérard has now grown the estate to around 40 hectares and has meticulously replanted all of the recently acquired vineyards. The estate sits among rolling hills with a sweeping view of the Mediterranean on one side and a dramatic backdrop of the Pyrénées on the other. Certified organic since 1996, the vineyards are farmed sustainably.
This blend of 80% Muscat Petit Grain and 20% Muscat d'Alexandria is sourced from two different lieux dits: 'la Jasse' and 'La Roque'. The former has a limestone base and the latter is mostly schist.The Roussillon has incredibly diverse soils which, combined with the multiple aspects from the rolling hills, has given Gérard Gauby the freedom to experiment and maximise the potential of each grape variety. The grapes are hand-harvested and then undergo 15 days skin-contact maceration in steel and concrete tanks. Malolactic fermentation is carried out with indigenous yeasts. The wine is then aged for 7 months in used Stockinger Austrian foudres. Intense aromas of fresh peach and orange blossom on the nose while the palate is beautifully textured with floral notes and layers of citrus fruit and a long finish.