Southwest France in a Bottle - Wine & Spirits Magazine

Southwest France in a Bottle

Laure and Pierre Gayrard

The ancient Domaine Gayrard has been reinstating vines on land once used for cereal crops, the property certified organic in 2016 and biodynamic in 2019. Their Loin de l’Oeil is a rustic country wine, with starchy orchard fruit and sharp preserved-lemon flavors pointed up by the alcohol. There’s something airy about it, like open fields of grass. Some sappy, unripe mango texture in the finish gives it grip, and it quickly had our panel suggesting pairings—Castelvetrano olives and grilled chicken, potato gratin—a big farmhouse dinner.

French Country Wines, Houston, TX


Domaine Gayrard 2019 Gaillac Loin de l’Oeil Loin de l’El

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Corey Warren is the Tastings Editor in addition to covering the wines of the Loire, Southern France, Argentina and South Africa.

This story appears in the print issue of October 2021.
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