2015 AOP Gaillac 'L'ancêtre'
Braucol from 15-year old vines, grown on clay and limestone. Harvested by hand, then macerated for 15 days with some pumping over. From the winemaker, Marine Leys "L'ancêtre is in relation with a Georges Brassens song talking about men who love life, wines and girls. I had several mentors in my life, it is for them."
Lifted aromas, if a bit reductive initially - needs time in the glass or even a decant to really open up. Wild flowers in the distance. Quite a thick texture – chewy, not claggy or cloyey. Violets and liquorice, limestone tension, fine tannic grip. Nice tart acidity, and very well balanced. Peppery too. Boysenberries come flowing on palate after a bit. A great food wine - grab some red meat!