Domaine Gayda are an ambitious producer in the Languedoc, established in 2004. They farm organically and produce some impressive wines. This is one of their parcellaire wines, and it’s quite brilliant. It shows a bit more restraint and freshness and restraint than some of their other cuvées, which I like. The modern face of the region.
Gayda Selection Parcellaire Mourvèdre 2017 France
13.5% alcohol. Organically farmed mourvèdre from the limestone terroir of La Livinière, hand picked into small crates, sorted and then fermented whole bunch, pressed by foot, with no sulfites until later in vinification. Then aged in foudres. This is lovely: it’s focused and complex with sweet cherries and berries, as well as a distinctly peppery edge. Ripe but fresh with good structure and acidity, this has some grainy tannins but they don’t stick out at all. I love the freshness that this wine has. It’s distinctly Mourvèdre, with its pepperiness and a bit of grippy structure, but it’s a very drinkable and quite elegant expression of the variety. They really nailed this. 94/100
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