Domaine Gayda ~ Figure Libre Cabernet Franc Pays d'Oc IGP 2014

Domaine Gayda ~ Figure Libre Cabernet Franc Pays d'Oc IGP 2014
£19.50 / bottle£222.30 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: France
Grapes: Cabernet Franc
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Style: Rich Spicy Reds
Wine Types: Red Wines
Wine Types: Vegan Wine
Drink: Now to 2021
Oaked
Cork
ABV: 14%
Organic

Tasting Notes

The story

Cabernet Franc is more often seen as one of the "minority" grapes in Bordeaux wines (as an early-ripener, it is used to add fruit and herbaceous aromas to a sometimes unripe Cabernet Sauvignon) and on its own in lighter style red wines from the Loire region. This is an IGP wine (previously "Vin de Pays") - its grapes are sourced more in a New World style from the best growers in Roussillon and from Gayda's own vineyards in the Langudoc so it cannot qualify for a specific AOC/ AOP classification. If I were pushed to choose, it is closer to the Bordeaux style with its intense aromas and medium to full body though it is actually unique in style and definitely worth a try.

The wine

This wine is beautifully fragrant, very fruity and slightly lighter in body than previous vintages. The  concentrated, ripe fruit aromas include cassis, black cherries, raspberries and some floral notes such as lilac. They continue on the palate and extend from intense black fruits and raspberry to hints of caramel, graphite and liquorice developed from the oak ageing.

Domaine Gayda uses only 20% new oak in this wine so the effects are quite subtle. This is quite an elegant wine, more so than in the last two vintages and certainly more than you might expect for an IGP. It is medium in body and retains the great balance of fruit, very fine tannins and refreshing acidity. Delicious!

Food Pairing

Cabernet Franc's acidity and body make it a good match for a number of different foods. Its herbaceous characteristics make it a particularly good match for game, lamb, duck and for herby and olive- and tomato-based dishes. It will go well with most red meats, with mushrooms, peppers and with many cheeses including brie, camembert, smoked cheeses and even goats cheese.

Producer's Notes

"Opaque, perfumed with fragrant black cherry, cassis and spice. Full bodied, intense with countless layers of flavour including blackcurrant, cedar and graphite. Dense fruit on the palate is bound by a structure of fine grained tannins and a lively acidity. This wine shows great depth and character and yet is refined with a long, elegant finish."

IGP wine (previously "Vin de Pays"), from the Languedoc-Roussillon and made with bio-dynamically grown Cabernet Franc grapes; cassis with black cherries, raspberries and floral notes. A lovely fruity wine and and more elegant than you might expect from an IGP

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