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Le Carignan Vin de Pays de Vaucluse: Le Carignan is sourced from a three-hectare parcel, “Le Alcyon”, located just outside of Travaillan. Gasq first produced a wine from these vines in 2014. After harvesting the grapes around the middle of September, they are destemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks for roughly 20 days before being aged on the fine lees for the better part of a year. Gasq prefers to pick Carignan on the early side of its maturity to preserve its vibrant natural acidity and avoid making a wine that is overly alcoholic. Generally, this cuvee weighs in at a modest 13.5% degree of alcohol and showcases a vibrant red fruit intensity, underscored by hints of wild herbs and earth.
Domaine la Manarine was created by Gilles Gasq in April 2001. The winery and majority of his vineyards are located within the commune of Travaillan, on a splendid plateau northeast of Orange in the southern Rhone. Expanding his holdings each year, Domaine La Manarine now encompasses 33 hectares of vineyards situated largely on what is known as the “Le Plan de Dieu”. For generations, this specific terroir has been recognized as unique. Recent research has identified the particular character of the underlying soil: a deep layer consisting of more than 60% hard limestone “galets” (large smooth pebbles). The climate is typically Mediterranean: relatively hot and dry with an average rainfall of between 600 and 800 mm per year. The rains usually come in the form of thunderstorms in late August which provide the vines with the water necessary to finish the maturation process (which tends to shut down under stressful drought conditions). Grenache Noir is the main grape variety of the region. It performs particularly well on this type of soil and gives wines more elegance and aroma than is otherwise common. In 2014, Gasq purchased a 3 hectares parcel of Carignan adjacent to one of his Cotes du Rhone parcels to make a special cuvee devoted to this underestimated varietal.
Domaine La Manarine practices organic viticulture. Work in the cellar is minimal with little intervention. Fermentations are left to start with indigenous yeasts, with no fining and only a light filtration is utilized if needed. Considering the personal attention and great care invested in his wines, his five bottlings offer some of the best value in our entire portfolio.
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