Domaine Gauby, Gérard and Lionel Gauby

France, Roussillon

 

3 Stars Revue du Vin de France

 

Biodynamic


Domaine Gauby is situated in and around the tiny, bucolic Roussillon town of Calce, inland from Perpignan and a short drive from the Cataluña border of Spain. Exiting the A9 and driving northwest into the eastern Pyrenees though the quiet, winding roads and precipitous hills of timeless beauty is a little bitter-sweet. This is a forgotten corner of France that is both wonderfully unspoiled and tragically neglected. Admittedly in recent years a handful of producers have set up camp in the Fenouillèdes and begun to deservedly gain international attention for some impeccably crafted wines from ancient vines. The most famous, Gerard Gauby, was born into a wine-making family with vines in Calce and took the reins in the 1980s.  He thus was set to become one of the forerunners in developing the potential of the old vines and unique terroir of this region. More than twenty years on, Gerard Gauby’s meticulous care for his vines tends to follow biodynamic principals that have been personally tested over 17-18 years of farming this way. In the winery he and his equally talented son, Lionel,  use only natural yeasts and principals – no chaptalization, acidification, fining or filtration. They will not work with stainless steel, only cement and wood (including wooden fermenters and old foudres for inert storage).

 

Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Les Calcinaires Blanc Macabeu, Vermentino, Chardonnay, Muscat 15-40 years Clay and limestone Biodynamic
Vieilles Vignes Blanc Macabeu, Grey and white Grenache 60-110 years Marl and schist Biodynamic
Coume Gineste Blanc Grey and white Grenache 90 years Limestone and schist Biodynamic
Les Calcinaires Rouge Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Carignan  8-90 years Clay, limestone, schist and round rocks Biodynamic
Vieilles Vignes Rouge Carignan, Grenache, Syrah 45-120 years Marl and schist Biodynamic
Côtes du Roussillon Muntada Grenache Syrah Carignan 30-95 years Marl Biodynamic
Côtes du Roussillon Villages "La Foun" Carignan 120+ years Marl Biodynamic
Côtes du Roussillon Villages "La Roque" Grenache 80 years Marl Biodynamic