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Philemon Gaillac Braucol "Croix d'Azal"

$14.99
Domaine Philemon is a 20 hectare property farmed by Mathieu Vieules in Gaillac, located in Villeneuve-sur-Vere, a small village on the Vere river in between Albi and Cordes. The Vieules family have had a vineyard in Villeneuve since 1804. Today the vineyard is run by Mathieu Vieules who grows wheat, sunflowers, and grapes in equal proportions. All of his lands are farmed organically with the vineyard being certified in 2013. Mathieu Vieules has twenty hectares of vines in production along the Cordes plateau on south-facing slopes with calcareous soil. They are planted almost entirely to the traditional Gaillac grape varieties: Loin de L'oeil, Mauzac and Muscadelle for the whites, and Braucol (Fer Servadou), Duras, and Jurancon Noir for the reds. A good proportion of the vines are more than fifty years old. The vines are trained in the goblet fashion meaning that they are head-pruned and yields are kept exceedingly low; 40 hl/h for the whites and 30hl/h for the reds. The harvest is done entirely by hand. The cuv�e � Croix d'Azal � is produced from a one-hectare planted by Mathieu in 2003. It is planted entirely with Braucol, the name used in Gaillac for the Fer Servadou grape. It is a wonderful expression of this grape variety with all of its typical spiciness and woodsy floral aromas. The word "braucol" derives from the root "brau" which in Girondin patois signifies taureau, the bull. The Croix d'Azal is no raging bull but one who lives peacefully in the pasture content to smell the flowers