Le Petit Domaine de Gimios Muscat Sec Roumais
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Grape varieties: Muscat á Petit Grains
Le Petit Domaine de Gimios Muscat Sec Roumais is unlike any other Muscat you are likely to have tried. A zero-zero with awesome character.
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About Le Petit Domaine de Gimios Muscat Sec Roumais
Le Petit Domaine de Gimios Muscat Sec Roumais is unlike any other Muscat you are likely to have tried. The Lavaysse family adds nothing to their wine to change the essential characteristics of the Muscat á Petit Grains grape variety.
As such, they produce a wine of great interest and complex characters from a grape variety that can produce highly floral wines of little interest. However not with this producer! These wines are very special and are produced with integrity and passion. The grapes are harvested from old vines that produce exceptionally low yields therefore the flavor is quite concentrated in the grapes that are harvested. The vines also benefit from the wild and exposed area where they grow, where they have to struggle for their existence.
About Le Petit Domaine de Gimios
For a real treat, we have managed to source some of the delicious wines of Anne-Marie and Pierre Lavaysse from Saint Jean de Minervois in the Herault in the Languedoc (actually they are from the Hameau of Gimios within the commune borders of Saint Jean de Minervois). Their self-deprecating domaine name is Le Petit Domain de Gimios. Anne-Marie established the domaine in 1993 and immediately started to restore the abandoned, very old vineyards of which she was now the custodian. She tends her vines using biodynamic practices and the domaine is certified biodynamic by Ecocert.
Saint Jean de Minervois is famous for the production of sweet and dry white wines made from the Muscat grape variety. The Gimios wines are sourced from incredibly low-yielding vines (down to 8 hectolitres per hectare) hence they tend to be a bit more expensive than some, but they are very, very delicious.
The dry wines are not completely dry – they have a lovely wisp of sugar at the end which is very appealing. The sweet wines are quite luscious and show just what a great grape this is in the hands of a good winemaker. As an added bonus, these wines have had absolutely no sulfur added and haven’t had since 2002.