Domaine de Gouye Gabouillon Syrah 2020
REGION: FRANCE • Rhône Valley • Saint-Jean de Muzols
APPELLATION: Vin de France
BLEND: 100% Syrah
VINEYARDS: Estate vines sit at 1,080 feet above sea level, on a gentle slope that faces north, just a mile away from the family’s Saint-Joseph vineyards and cellar. (The hamlet near the vineyards is called “Gabouillon.”) Soils are similar to Saint-Joseph, mostly decomposed granite.
AGE OF VINES: 40 to 50 years, on average
WINEMAKING: Hand-harvested. Full-cluster fruit is crushed by foot and fermented on indigenous yeasts in upright oak fermenters in the family’s naturally cold cellar, dug into the granite hillside. Aged in tank and in older, neutral French oak barrels for seven months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Aromas of summer bramble fruit, light white pepper, warm earth. Balanced, tangy, juicy; flavors of red and black raspberry, baking spices.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Grilled meats; roasted chicken; lamb sausages with herbs