Domaine Gayda Figure Libre Cabernet Franc 2013

Called "Figure Libre" to portray the freedom of creation and expression, combining the subtleness of the Loire with the bold character of the Languedoc. Away from the rigours of the appellation, in 2004 we planted the grape varieties which we felt would be the best suited, those most able to reveal the expression and the qualities of our Brugairolles sandstone terroir. Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc, rarely grown in the region, originate from the Loire Valley, home of Winemaker Vincent Chansault.
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Rich, bold and robust
Drinking Window:
Drink now through to 2019
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Domaine Gayda

Domaine Gayda is set amongst the rolling hills that lie between Carcassonne and Limoux in the village of Brugairolles. The Domaine has been set up to mirror the great estates of South Africa (with a first-class restaurant and cellar door) where founders Tim Ford and Anthony Record met in 2003. It was at Boekenhoutskloof that they met Vincent Chansault the young French winemaker who has since become the head winemaker at Gayda and one of the most exciting young winemakers in the Languedoc. The estate's vineyards are located in several 'crus' of the Languedoc including La Livinière in the Minervois region. It is here that the initial investment was made and as a result the estate now controls some of the oldest and highest vineyards in this extremely sought-after area. The Domaine is now certified organic and following certain biodynamic principles. Most of the vineyards and wines are in conversion to organic status. Having a passion for the traditional 'cepages' grown in the area Domaine Gayda uses varieties such as Maccabeo Marsanne and Grenache Blanc for the whites Carignan Grenache Noir Syrah Mourvèdre and Cinsault for the reds. All these 'cepages' mature beautifully in this region to ensure that they have really ripe fruit at harvest. The Languedoc has been known traditionally for its large area of vineyards producing volume table wines but things have changed rapidly over the last 5 to 10 years. The revolution is in full swing and Domaine Gayda is in the centre of these changes.

Tasting Notes

Opaque, perfumed with fragrant black cherry, cassis and spice. Full bodied, intense with countless layers of flavour including blackcurrant, cedar and graphite. Dense fruit on the palate is bound by a structure of fine grained tannins and a lively acidity. This wine shows great depth and character and yet is refined with a long, elegant finish.

Food Matches

Hearty and rustic cuisine. Think cassoulet with a chunk of sourdough.

Press Comments

The Wine Advocate, 2015: “...offers perfumed, slightly exotic notes of lilac, violets, sweet black cherries and black raspberry (...) well - made profile that’s hard to resist… ”