Domaine Rotier – Sketch 2023

Domaine Rotier - Red Sketch and White Sketch

Sketch 2023, this is the Sketch that I would like to do every year. Alain Rotier, winemaker, AOP Gaillac.


Domaine Rotier: innovative consistency

Le Domain Rotier stands out for its deep respect for Gaillac terroir. This approach is reflected in its sustainable winemaking practices and early commitment to biodiversity. While being part of the Gaillac wine traditions, the Domain Rotier knows how to be innovative. Renowned for the consistency and quality of his wines, he nonetheless evolves his winemaking techniques. Amplify the expressive authenticity of vintages is the motivation. This innovative consistency demonstrates a strong commitment to local wine excellence.

Sketch: a range vinified without sulphites

Authenticity and technicality of the estate have been deployed for several years around the vintages Sketch. Their development is based on perfect mastery of the sulphite-free winemaking. The art of the winegrower is to seek out the most faithful expression of the fruit. A bet all the more remarkable as it aims to restore the varietal fullness of the indigenous Gaillac grape varieties. In other words, it’s about putting their expressiveness at the forefront of the stage. Over time, the vintages Sketch have become true reveals of the Gaillac identity. More broadly, they occupy a distinctive place among the unique wines of the South-West.

The signature: a serious terroir

One of the singularities of Domaine Rotier is its terroir. The vineyard is rooted on a thick layer of serious. Composed of gravel and sedimentary pebbles, these soils force the vines to search deep for their water and nutrient resources. The grapes gain in concentration and minerality. In summer, the thermal inertia of the bass contributes to nocturnal regulation of temperatures. The phenomenon contributes to optimal maturation of the harvest. This wine-growing context gives Domaine Rotier wines the organoleptic qualities that determine the Esquisse range: aromatic intensity, structural balance et fine minerality.

Red sketch 2023

“Historically, it was red that arrived first, around ten years ago. » tells us Alain Rotier. The vintage is always built on a majority of Duras, present for at least 80% of the assembly. For the 2023 vintage, this wine finds its right balance through the alliance it establishes with 10% of Syrah, 7% of Braucol, 2% of Blackthorn. Red sketch 2023 is therefore an authentic expression of four main grape varieties of Gaillac. Red sketch 2023, it is a wine with an absolutely gourmet character, undeniably easy to drink, fully fruity and subtly floral. Recalling small red fruits and a pinch of violet on the nose, this very successful vintage most likely borders on optimal balance. For the winemaker, “this is the vintage that the estate would like to make every year”.

White sketch 2023

The white grape varieties at Domaine Rotier are largely dominated by Len from Lel, also called Far from Eye. Like the Duras in red, the Len from Lel is a native of Gaillac vineyard. The Esquisse blanc 2023 vintage strives to preserve its typicity. It is a grape variety which is distinguished by a certain roundness whose balance is resolved by its freshness in the finish. In White sketch 2023, the Len de Lel expressed at 80% of the blend resonates with a Sauvignon present for 20% of the vintage. The result is a fine aromatic complexity, matched on the palate by a well-adjusted liveliness. The nose focuses on evocations of white and yellow fruits – such as peach or pear – touched by vegetal pinches – such as anise, mint or verbena.

Red Sketch - Domaine Rotier - AOP Gaillac

An immediately expressive tasting

The fruit of passionate and attentive work, the Esquisse vintages invite you to an authentic and sincere meeting of grape varieties and terroir. Let it be the vintage White Sketch, with its delicate floral aromas and lively freshness, or the vintage Red Sketch, with its notes of red fruits and supple tannins, each testifies to the estate's success in producing sincere wines. Imbued with the soul and character of Gaillac, Sketch vintages from Domaine Rotier thus embody the very spirit of wine craftsmanship. They offer wine lovers a seductive sensory experience, driven by an immediately expressive tasting experience.

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field Carcenac

Domaine Carcenac - Wines of Gaillac

Managed by one of the well-known families of the Gaillac appellation, the field Carcenac perfectly articulates its roots in local history with a fully asserted bias towards modernity.


A know-how inherited from seven generations

Le field Carcenac is established at Montans, a town in Gaillac already renowned during antiquity for its amphorae workshops, including theArchaeosite local bears witness today. That is to say that we are here at the heart of theAOP Gaillac, on a wine-growing territory that has all the typicalities. Better yet, the Carcenac family, perfectly united around the management of the estate, has been established there for seven generations. It is not unfair to say that she is one of the local references, her historical knowledge of the terroir being accompanied by a total mastery of Gaillac winemaking. The family spirit plays an undeniable role here: it contributes as much to the solid reputation of the house as to the constant commitment to modernity that distinguishes the wines signed Carcenac. Succeeding in responsibility to his mother Nicole, it is today Cédric who ensures the development and the management of the house.

A rich grape variety spread over three terroirs

Forged over millennia by sedimentary contributions from the Tarn, the soils of field Carcenac are typical of this appellation area. Gravelly layers are dominant here and are particularly suitable for the growth of local grape varieties. The reds are in the majority there, occupying 65 hectares to date. The whites are also booming there on the 10 hectares which are currently allocated to them. The vineyard of field Carcenac first takes advantage of an attachment to notorious Gaillac grape varieties, well adapted to the local climate which oscillates between oceanic and Mediterranean influences. There are Braucol, Duras, Prunelart for the reds, as well as Mauzac and Loin de l'Oeil for the whites. The traditional grape varieties also come to support the requirement in winemaking. The Syrah, Merlot for the reds are there, as well as Sauvignon or Muscadelle for the whites. If we add to this that the plots are spread over three terroirs with nuanced substrates, we immediately grasp the flexible latitude which allows the field Carcenac to forge its wide and solid range of Gaillac wines.

An exemplary range of wines from the Gaillac terroir

Le Gaillac vineyard is historically known for its vinifications available in seven types of wine: red, rosé, dry white, pearl white, sweet white, sparkling, primeur. THE field Carcenac, well established in this example, offers a complete range. Starting with a range of shades of red, at the top of which the vintage Joseph announces itself as " the essence and the quintessence of the gravel terroir. » Quite well-known and demonstrative, two cuvées made from single varietals specific to Gaillacois complete the range of reds: the pruneart and Braucol. On the white side, the Dry white carcenac and Carcenac pearl white highlight the typicality of Loin de l'Œil associated with the bursts of Sauvignon. On the sparkling side, Bubble Frenzy demonstrates an ancestral method typically derived from the Mauzac grape variety. What we sometimes ignore Gaillac, is that it is also one of the rare appellations that can benefit from the mention late harvest . This singularity testifies to the potential that the terroir and the local grape varieties offer to the amplitude of the whites which unfold at maturity. The vintages sweet of her et Autumn Chill bear convincing witness to this.

field Carcenac

807, Le Jauret
81600 Mountains

phone +05 63 57 57 28 XNUMX

Holy Grass Estate

Domaine de l'Herbe Sainte - AOP Minervois

On the land of Minervois, Holy Grass Estate is distinguished by its wines inspired by a culture of Burgundian origin as well as by its hotel and event offer.


A Burgundian family

Descendants of winemaking families from Burgundy, Charles and Mireille Greuzard acquire their first vines in Minervois during the year 1987. After having exploited this initial plot of Carignan, located in the commune of Salèlle d'Aude, for a few years, the winegrower's fiber then led them beyond the simple activity of viticulture. Determined, in 2001 they acquired ownership of the Holy Grass Estate located Mirepeisset. With a beautiful set of buildings overlooking the bed of the Cesse just upstream of the Canal du Midi and a notable canal bridge, this remarkable site has since become the family stronghold. Still booming, the estate uses a set of resources that require the coordination of all family skills: Christelle now finds herself in control with her parents. Indeed, the Holy Grass Estate has approximately seventy-five hectares of vines to which are added four cottages offering all comfort as well as a reception room of three hundred square meters.

Varietal diversity

True to its winemaking ancestry, the Greuzard family produced its first bottles in 2002. On this Minervois terroir often marked by a solar character, daughter and parents know how to instill Languedoc wines a distinctive personality. Their Burgundian culture has enabled them to transpose to these southern lands a way of vinifying which gives as its first requirement the preservation of varietal expressions. It is in this spirit that they remodeled the grape varieties of the Holy Grass Estate by diversifying the palette of whites and reds. For the former, Chardonnay occupies a place of choice, and rubs shoulders with Sauvignon, Colombard and Viognier. It is understandable that the aromatic potential is one of the sources of inspiration in the cellar. For the reds, Syrah was essential like Cinsault and Grenache, but no surprise when you know the spirit of the house, to see them coexist with Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Marselan or even Pinot noir.

The fruit as an expression

Au Holy Grass Estate There is therefore, in every sense of the word, a family coherence. This is the case with wines, where each cuvée of the same range is conceived in its singularity and its own character. It is entirely appropriate here to speak of expressive palettes, both for white wines and for red or rosé wines. The place given toIGP Pays d'Oc which echoes theAOP Minervois is the clearest clue. The appellation is distinguished in particular by the flexibility and latitude it offers to single-varietal vinification. Range Harmony demonstrates this, with his Chardonnay, his Pinot noir, his Viognier or even his Malbec. Completing the set, the Artemisia cuvée brings to the range the most seductive unveilings of a beautifully aged Syrah. From a domain of Minervois we also expect a strong expression of the terroir. This is how the skilful game of maturing and blending produced in AOP gives substance to the cuvées Tradition, Premium ou Ambrosia. But we must not forget that the Holy Grass Estate also gives a large place to the reception, which is organized around the four top-of-the-range lodgings and the vast reception room. This festive and hotel component is certainly the inspiring activity that gave birth to two unique cuvées: the first, Divine Star, honors the bubbles in white and rosé; the second, Noble gold, exalts a raisined Chardonnay.

Holy Grass Estate

Route de Ginestas
11120 Mirepeisset

phone +04 68 46 30 37 XNUMX