Until 2009, this wine region was called "Pays du Gard;" now it's "I.G.P. Gard." Regardless, we love this area of the Languedoc in France because you can find wines made from the same grapes as Chateauneuf-du-Pape and pay less than half the price. What's not to like?
Located in the southernmost region of the Rhone, the Cave de Gallician was created in 1951 by 50 winemakers working with almost 2,000 acres of grapes. The area's viniculture, however, started much earlier. In fact, Romans constructed the famous Pont du Gard aqueduct in the first century, and vines have been grown here ever since.
This selection features the classic trinity of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, three of the greatest grapes on the planet. While each one can certainly stand on its own, there is something magical about what they add to each other in a blend. It makes sense: If the blended wine hadn't been better, vintners could have saved themselves some trouble and used just one grape for their wine.
A blend like this is the classic example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Not to take anything away from the three individually great grapes housed in this bottle, but it's hard to deny the outcome.
Here is a perfect balance of flavor after flavor hitting you at different times and in different places. First you get the blast of earth and red grapes, then the spice and hints of licorice and strawberry, and finally the penetrating finish, restoring all that was grand and glorious in the nose and on the palate.
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