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2007 Domaine Rotier Gaillac 'Renaissance'
Single Bottles (50cl) @ £12.40
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Tasting Notes:
11 Sweet, honeyed, golden wine with citrus fruits and floral notes and a rounded, unctuous, waxy mouthfeel. 150 grams/litre residual sugar and correspondingly rich. Very long and long-lasting (it will develop well: the citrus character will become clearer as the sweetness subsides).
Drinking Dates:
2010 to 2020
100% Loin de l'Oeil
Gravel soils
The must ferments in French oak barrels for one or two months. In order to avoid using too much sulphur, fermentation is interrupted by cold stabilisation and filtering. The wine obtained conserves about 150g/l of residual sugar, balanced by a refreshing note of acidity. Aged in 15% new 400 litre barrels
Critic Reviews:
"Gaillac, in South-West France, has a great history of sweet winemaking but, until very recently, an extremely drab present based on dry whites and chewy rough reds. So to see sweet wines being revived is a thrill because it's far more difficult to make fine sweet wine than dry wine. Made from the wonderfully named Loin de l'oeil grape and fermented and aged in oak barrels, this wine is rich and fat, not hysterically sweet but waxy and dripping with quince, fresh figs and honey, with a funky mix of melon, pineapple chunks and marrow jam unexpectedly appearing on your tongue just before the wine drifts off into a delightful aftertaste of strawberry and honey". (Oz Clarke's 250 Best Wines, 2011 edition)

"Jam and orange marmalade, then dried apricot and a touch of honey. Rich, fresh, intense aromas." 3 stars/Coup de Couer (Guide Hachette)

Gold (Médaille d'or au Concours des Vins du Sud-Ouest Toulouse 2009)

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