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Gauby’s 2010 Les Calcinaires rouge

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Côtes du Roussillon Villages 2010, Les Calcinaires, Domaine Gauby ($24.50, 11222186)
Organically farmed, 10- to 20-year old Syrah (50%), Mourvèdre (25%), Grenache Noir (15%) and Carignan (10%). Destemmed. Macerated two to four weeks. Traditional, non-interventionist fermentation using ambient yeasts. Aged ten months in vats (80%) and barrels (20%). Bottled unfiltered and unfined. Relatively small production of 5,000 bottles. 12.5% ABV (!) according to SAQ.com (don’t have the bottle to check what the label says).
Smelling primary at this stage: plum, spice, leather, slate. Smooth with velvety tannins. Quite extracted yet fluid. Lush fruit (black cherry) and some bittersweet chocolate, sleek acidity and a long drying finish. Not particularly deep but pure, savoury and delicious. A food-friendly wine that paired well with several nuevo latino dishes at the outstanding, newly BYOB Raza.

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Written by carswell

July 11, 2012 at 10:05

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