Gérard Gauby is 'the uncrowned king of the Roussillon' - a pioneering winemaker who has transformed his family estate from a mere producer of commodity grapes for the local co-op, to the source of some of the region's best wines. He informally classifies his wine in the Burgundian style, from 'village' to 'Premier Cru' to 'Grand Cru'. Les Calcinaires is his 'village' wine. Usually drunk within a couple of years of vintage, this fully mature parcel is a wonderful rarity.
|Wine||Les Calcinaires Rouge|
|Blend||50% Carignan, 20% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre|
|Region||France > Roussillon|
|Appellation||AOC Côtes du Roussillon Villages|
|Vineyard||Gauby's vineyards are around the village of Calce, across a bewildering range of soil types.|
|Farming||Organic, biodynamic, hand-harvested|
|Winemaking||Fermentation in concrete tanks with ambient yeasts. A year's barrel ageing for less than two thirds of the wine.|
|Lifespan||Drinks well from release. Although this is Gauby's entry-level wine, it has the quality to develop over years with careful cellaring.|
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