Laurent Cazottes
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Varietal(s): 100% Jurancon Noir

Country: France

Region: Sud-Ouest

Appellation: Gaillac

Nose: Strawberry, black cherry, violet, peony, cinnamon, iron, and wet wood. Highly floral and savoury. 

Palate: High acid, light, dusty tannins, very dry, floral and spicy

Winemaking Notes: Organic, biodynamic, manual harvest, spontaneous fermentation, unfined and unfiltered, zero sulphur added. Fermented in concrete and stainless steel

Producer Notes: Laurent’s father, Jean was a travelling distiller throughout Gaillac. Laurent decided to set down roots in 1999, and began making pear, walnut, plum and grape eau-de-vie. In 2010 he decided to revive his family’s 12 generation long history by reviving the old vineyards on his estate, all planted with long-forgotten indigenous varieties, like Mauzac, Prunelart, Braucal and Duras. He also grows grains, wildflowers and truffles.

Area Notes: Gaillac is located in South-Western France, just north of the city of Toulouse, and is one of the oldest wine regions in the country. It produces a great variety of wine styles from a huge range of grapes. The region was hit particularly hard by Phylloxera in the 19th century, but due to its relatively low land costs and history of viticulture, it is experiencing a bit of a comeback.