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2016 Le Château
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Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
48% Grenache, 40% Grenache, 12% Mourvèdre
Appellation
AOP Saint Chinian
Alcohol %
14.5

Château Gilbert & Gaillard
2016 Le Château

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The ruby and purple reflections of this award-winning, organic red are dazzling. Minerality and freshness infuse each sip. The nose expresses red and black fruit with notes of herbal garrigue and spices. The palate is full, silky, and soft. Oak flows into noble spice aromas in the lovely, lingering finish.

Enjoy as an elegant companion to hearty meat stews, roasted leg of lamb or as a lively pairing with spicy beef stir fry.

Domaine: Domaine Gilbert & Gaillard
Appellation: AOP Saint Chinian
Cuvée: 2016 Le Château
Blend: 48% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 12% Mourvèdre

Awards:
The 2015 vintage was given a score of 91 by Gilbert & Gaillard.
Decanter World Wine Awards: awarded the 2015 Bronze. 
International Wine Challenge awarded the 2013 vintage Commended.

Wine Description

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
48% Grenache, 40% Grenache, 12% Mourvèdre
Appellation
AOP Saint Chinian
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
The beautiful Château Gilbert & Gaillard estate is located on exceptional terroir — an Eocene limestone plateau, 200 meters above sea level to the south of the Saint-Chinian appellation. The limestone soils cultivate a balance between fruit and exuberance. All the work is hands-on at this 15 hectare “boutique” estate. No weed killers, chemicals, or sprays are used and grapes are harvested manually. The vines are at least 25 years old. The domaine will be fully certified organic in 2022.
Production Notes
Grapes are destemmed and sorted by hand, then placed in stainless steel vats for three weeks. Gentle extraction is followed by pump over (if needed) by daily moistening of the pomace cap. The wine is aged in French Oak. La Cuverie, "the vat room," is impressive at this winery. Tulip-shaped concrete tanks improve the immersion of the pomace cap. The stainless steel tanks are temperature-controlled with coils inside. The vat room is customized for plot-based vinification, meaning grape varieties can be fermented separately, for easier blending.
Winemaker Notes
This domaine is owned and operated by Mssrs GIlbert and Gaillard the owners of the famous French glossy wine magazine. They chose the ancient limestone soils of their Languedoc domaine to make their own special cuvées from hand harvested grapes: cuvées of freshness, finesse and elegance. Their winemaker is Marine Faugier, an up and coming young female winemaker.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy as an elegant companion to hearty meat stews, roasted leg of lamb or as a lively pairing with spicy beef stir fry.
Other Notes
Ageability: Drink now or keep for 5 years, possibly more.

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