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Domaine Gayda Figure Libre Cabernet Franc

We called it “Figure Libre” because we have chosen the freedom of creation and expression, combining the subtleness of the Loire with the bold character of the Languedoc.

Away from the rigours of the appellation, in 2004 we planted the grape varieties which we felt would be the best suited, those most able to reveal the expression and the qualities of our Brugairolles sandstone terroir. Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc, rarely grown in the region, originate from the Loire Valley, home of Winemaker Vincent Chansault.

Description

We called it “Figure Libre” because we have chosen the freedom of creation and expression, combining the subtleness of the Loire with the bold character of the Languedoc.

Away from the rigours of the appellation, in 2004 we planted the grape varieties which we felt would be the best suited, those most able to reveal the expression and the qualities of our Brugairolles sandstone terroir. Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc, rarely grown in the region, originate from the Loire Valley, home of Winemaker Vincent Chansault.

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.

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Specifications

APPELLATION
Indication Géographique Protégée – Pays d’Oc

VARIETAL PROFILE
100% Cabernet Franc

VINEYARD
Sandstone of Brugairolles at 200m altitude.

VINIFICATION PROCESS
The taste and flavours of the grapes determine the harvest date and orientate our wine making to allow the quality of the fruit to express freely in the wine.

AGING
20% in new Oak, 20% in wooden vat and 60% in 1 and 2 year old Oak barrels – The wines are racked and bottled according to the phases of the moon and on fruit or root days.

ALCOHOL
13.5%

pH
3.84

RESIDUAL SUGAR
1.28 g/L

The Producer

Situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees, surrounded by its vineyards, Domaine Gayda is a new destination in the Languedoc, 25km south west of Carcassonne, in the village of Brugairolles.

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Awards

Wine Advocate – 88pts 2015

Wine Spectator – 90pts 2014

Wine Spectator – 88pts 2013

Wine Spectator – 85pts 2010