2015 Le Petit Domaine de Gimios Rouge de Causse
Anne-Marie and her son Pierre established Le Petit Domaine de Gimios in 1993 after taking over a very old, abandoned vineyard in an area best known for cheap sweet Muscat. Never the goal, they converted the vineyard to biodynamics (now Ecocert-certified) and sought to include other varieties well suited to their area such as Grenache, Carignan and Aramon.
Located in the hills to the northwest of Béziers (Languedoc-Roussillon), the vineyards are high altitude, rocky, exposed and all clay and limestone. There are no wires in the vineyards; the vines are all bush vines (gobelet system) that provide shelter from the Mediterranean sun but are low enough to the ground to benefit from the heat from the soil instead.
Rouge de Causse is Gimios’s flagship wine, a 16 varietal co-ferment from their oldest pre-phylloxera vineyard planted in 1860! The exact grape varieties are not known, but there is a clear Grenache and garrigue presence as found in the great wines from the South. Expect pure fruit expression, long, persistent tannins and plenty of structure.
Tags: Le Petit Domaine de Gimios, Anne-Marie Lavaysse, Biodynamic, Beziers, Languedoc, Roussillon, France