Domaine Gauby : Les Calcinaires 2015

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A Biodynamic Roussillon Red Blend with Notes of Black Fruit and Leather

Domaine Gauby is one of the most representative producers of the Roussillon region of France, located near the small town of Calce, which is a short drive from the Catalan border with Spain. Born into a winemaking family with property in Calce, Gerard Gauby took over the family business in the 1980's and made it his mission to produce wines reflecting the full potential of his estate's unique terroir, as well as the old vines rooted there. Today, these vines are cultivated by means of biodynamic viticultural principles, which Gerard has experimented with for over 18 years. The Les Calcinaires 2015 by Domaine Gauby is a red blend from the IGP Côtes Catalanes appellation, containing 50% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre, 15% Grenache and 10% Carignan. The fruit is harvested from biodynamically grown vines, between 15 and 90 years old, growing in predominantly limestone soils. Vinification is 100% natural, with only native yeasts used. The wines are neither fined, nor filtered before bottling. They spend 10 months maturing before they are bottled, mostly in foudre but some younger parcels (around 20% of the total) in stainless steel vats.

The Les Calcinaires 2015 by Domaine Gauby seduces the nose with a complex blend of floral fragrances (rose petals and dried violets), juicy black fruit notes (ripe blueberries, black raspberries and blackberry jam) and hints of buttery pastry at the very end. On the palate, this Roussillon red wine presents flavors of dark, jammy blueberries and cedar, along with savory notes of well-worn leather. A smooth texture and balanced acidity on the palate continues into a lingering, dry finish. To be consumed in the next few years.
Parker : 88 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Smelling like iodine, crushed rocks and violets, the 2015 IGP Cotes Catalanes les Calcinaires sends a maelstrom of conflicting but intriguing olfactory signals. It's a medium-bodied blend of 50% Syrah, 25% Mourvÿdre, 15% Grenache and 10% Carignan from relatively young vines (12-20 years old), raised predominantly in tank. It's got a silky but firm texture and leathery, savory, more-ish flavors, but I have concerns about its long-term future. I would drink it over the next few years.
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Contains sulfites