"Burgundy" from the south of France?
Gerard Gauby is regarded as a superstar in France. He makes small quantities of wines from low yielding ancient vines in the rugged hills of Roussillon.
"I don't like sur-maturite. I'm looking for fresh fruit. Burgundy is my reference. I want the same purity in my wines" say Gerard.
It has been about six months since I opened a bottle of Gauby's 2009 Vieilles Vignes Red. The wine is a blend of Grenache, Carignan, Mourvedre and Syrah. The Carignan component is from vines over 125 year of age. REMARKABLE!
I was expecting a wine that suggested the southern Rhone, rich and warm with a slight earthy note.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
The nose was plum and spice, a hint of blackberry, some liquorice root, a pinch of herb and a note of mint in the background. As the wine opened in the glass it showed cocoa and cherry with a haunting and intriguing nuance that was hard to pinpoint. The wine reminded me of Clos de la Roche - dark, spicy, stony, brooding and very textured on the palate.
Perhaps the tannins were the only thing that really gave the wine away. They are smooth and fine, but not quite Pinot Noir tannins.
This is one serious wine. It is beautifully made and reasonably priced. If you have never tried Gauby's wines you should see what the fuss is all about.
This could just be the "Burgundy" of the south!
This terrific wine is just $59.00 a bottle
Buy 12 bottles and pay for 11