I'm writing this at Domaine Gayda in the Languedoc, South of France near Limoux on a sunny day in March - its a tough life... The Domaine is quite young having only started as a vineyard in 2001 and the winery only built in 2004. It is owned by Englishmen Tim Ford and Anthony Record but the wine are made by Loire born Vincent Chansault; and he does an excellent job. We tasted the full complement they shared a common thread of ripe fruit, roundness, freshness and balance. The wines divide up into four categories plus the top wine;
- Flying Solo - entry level but local varieties, i.e. grenache blanc and viognier for white, grenche syrah for red
- T'Air D'Oc - entry level but international grapes and labelled as such, i.e. syrah and sauvignon
- Cepage - middle quality level, varietal wines and labelled as such
- Figure Libre - top quality and wonderful idiosyncratic local blends or grapes. The name kind of means going "off piste" and doing your own thing regardless of convention - which I think is a pretty cool approach.
- Chemin de Moscou - the top cuvee, syrah based and rich concentrated, complex and long