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1999 Domaine Gauby Cotes du Roussillon Villages Vieilles Vignes

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February 9, 2003 - $30


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Domaine Gauby

Domaine Gauby is near the village of Calce, in France’s Roussillon region, near Spain. The 200-acre estate has been in the Gauby family for generations. But like most grape growers in the region the family historically sold their grapes to the local winemaking cooperative. When Gerard Gauby took over in 1985 he began bottling his own wine, thereby getting in on the beginning of a regional trend to improve the quality of locally-produced wines. The domaine makes red and white wines, and its flagship wine is Muntada, made of 45% Grenache, 45% Carignan, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah. Wine Advocate has called Gauby “a regional leader” in red and white wines and has complimented for making wines of “elegance, refinement, distinctive minerality and moderate alcohol…”


France, Languedoc-Roussillon

Languedoc-Roussillon is very large wine-producing region in south and southwestern France extending along the Mediterranean coast from northern Spain to the Rhone Valley. It includes more than 800,000 vineyard acres and numerous appellations, nearly all created since the mid-20th century. Languedoc-Roussillon produces one-third of all the wine made in France and it long had a reputation for quantity over quality. In the last few decades, however, outside investors and some long-time local producers have greatly improved vineyard practices and winemaking. The result is that Languedoc-Roussillon is now home to many entrepreneurially-minded producers highly focused on quality, and it enjoys a buzz among wine buyers looking for well-crafted, robust wines offered at excellent values. The most successfully grown red grapes are the traditional Rhone varietals of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah, though Carignan and Cinsault are also planted. The intense sun and dry weather makes it tougher to grow white grapes, though Chardonnay and some other white grapes are often successful. Chardonnay is used for the popular sparkling wine Crémant de Limoux, a Languedoc-Roussillon appellation created in 1990.